This time no stings, and for the most part I was working in a cloud of confused, milling bees rather than angry, hostile bees.
The harvest seems about the same as last year -- maybe a bit lighter. But still something over 50 pounds of honey taken from two first-year hives. One of my hives never even filled the first super, so I let them be.
Tomorrow I'll put the wet comb back on top of the hives for them to clean up and depending on how heavy the remaining boxes feel (with their winter stores of honey), I'll start feeding them a bit and check for mites.
_The task now is to help them get prepared to survive the winter . . .