Honeybee colony inspections are a very important part of being a good beekeeper. The beekeeper has to decide when to intervene and when to leave the bees to their own plans. Honeybee colonies do not require a lot of management on a regular basis but there will be times of the year when you need to do perform important maintenance. Right now is one of those times. The bulk of the honey flow is over in our area and most beekeepers have harvested the excess. Now is the time to make sure the bees have lots of stores left and to plan for any mite treatments. Healthy bees in August will produce healthy bees in September and October for the important over wintering population.