Back then it had this many bees:Now the colony has expanded to fill one box and will require an additional one added soon for more space. They are a very productive group. At this rate, the swarm will be in good shape to head into the fall and winter. They have also been busily building burr comb inside their hive.
They even built some down into their black feeder tray (on the right) which contains sugar syrup to jump start their growth. If you look closely in the bottom of the black feeder tray you will see little sticks. Hubby has devised this clever trick to give the bees something to stand on while they are after syrup. The sticks float on the syrup like little rafts. That's a little cloud from the smoker you see hovering over the frames:
There were also frames of honey finished (i.e. capped) and ready to go for extraction. Normally the honey comes off in the early fall, however this year things are way ahead of schedule. Sometimes the bees don't give up their cache without a fight (can you blame them?) but this time all went well.