Here are some quick snapshots I took this morning of my hives using an infrared camera device attached to my cell phone. It doesn’t provide the most helpful readings at the moment, probably because it’s not cold enough outside to highlight the heat that’s radiating from the insides of the hives. I also used the default settings on the device. More precise calibrations might provide me with better images. But for now, here are my best guesses about what’s happening inside my hives according to these infrared images.
Postscript: I haven’t paid much attention to the world of beekeeping recently because my day job and other commitments are sucking up all my time and brain energy. I know there’s some new information flying around about diseases that were found in honey bees that were recently imported to Newfoundland from Western Australia. I’ve got the information but I’m so tired and spent, I just don’t have it in me to give it my full attention, to consider it carefully and write an articulate assessment of the situation. All that business takes the fun out of beekeeping anyway. Even on a good day, it’s not something I’m usually in the mood for. Whether the imported bees are disease-free or not, the most generous opinion I have to offer for now is that I’m not impressed with the people responsible for importing the bees. It was a sneaky move and they know it. I have nothing further to say on the matter until I get all the facts straight and have had time to think it about. But first I need to rest.
Addendum (Oct. 24, 2016): Two conversations are happening in the responses to this post. To keep help keep them separate, the comments about the Flir One infrared imaging device have been and will be converted to italics.