The hot, extremely dry (drought-level dry) spring has taxed both hives, but now that the weather is cooler and we have had some rains they are both rebuilding. However, last week we noticed a new and unwelcome guest: small hive beetles. This week during the hive check I slipped several beetle traps between the honey frames — they are small containers filled with soybean oil that beetles crawl into and, hopefully, don’t crawl out of. I also sprinkled diatomaceous earth around the hive. Fingers crossed, I’ll see how they are doing after the ASCFG conference.