HiveTool Mobile Inspection System

What comprises a Beehive Inspection?

A HiveTool Mobile Inspection is comprised of 10 major reporting categories - but in most cases, updating or filing any given report is optional.

Although the HiveTool Mobile Inspection System provides a huge set of data points, your are not forced to complete empty reports in any fashion - enter just the data you need.

The only time reports are required is when a beehive was created without passing through the Express Setup workflow. In this one case, the following reports must be completed in order to conclude a first inspection:

  • Strength
  • Sightings
  • Queen
This is one good reason to use Express Setup when creating beehives.

Unless otherwise noted, every report supports a Note (no pun intended) for additional observations, reminders, references, etc. not covered by the Inspection System.


Inspection Date

The date of the inspection. We don't count this as a reporting category since as it is self-evident.

The Inspection Date is highly flexible on the first inspection (particularly with respect to Express Setup), as you may select a date in the past, present or future. However if a prior inspection exists for the beehive, the Inspection Date must be a date following that prior Inspection Date.

Strength

The Strength report is based frame count observations and among many things, forms the basis of population estimates.

Counter

Alongside the familiar Help button is a counter that displays the count of frames or bars defined by the Strength report and then the count of frames or bars defined by the Configuration report:

{Strength}/{Configuration} (Frames or Bars)

Full Bee Frames

The number of frames completely covered in adult bees. Partial frames of bees should be estimated to the nearest full frame.

If you have 5 full frames of bees and 2 frames 1/2 covered in bees, you would report 6 Full Bee Frames.

Open Brood Frames

The number of frames completely filled with open brood. Partial frames of open brood should be estimated to the nearest full frame.

If you have 6 frames each 2/3 full of open brood, you would report 4 Open Brood Frames.

Capped Brood Frames

The number of frames completely filled with capped brood. Partial frames of capped brood should be estimated to the nearest full frame.

If you have 6 frames each 1/3 full of capped brood, you would report 2 Capped Brood Frames.

Honey Frames

The number of frames completely filled with honey. Partial frames of honey should be estimated to the nearest full frame.

If you have 8 frames each 1/2 full of honey, you would report 4 Honey Frames.

Pollen Frames

The number of frames completely filled with pollen. Partial frames of pollen should be estimated to the nearest full frame.

If you have 4 frames each 1/2 full of pollen, you would report 2 Pollen Frames.

Empty Frames

The number of empty frames currently in the beehive.

Empty Frames can be undrawn foundation or drawn comb. Any frames absent of brood or food are Empty Frames.

Configuration

The Configuration report categorizes the beehive type and optionally provides for the specification of the number of frames or bars in and rating the physical condition of the beehive. Additionally, Langstroth beehives enjoy a deep configuration via the Langstroth Builder. Unlike other reports, Configuration does not support Notes.

Aside from the required Type property, other Configuration report data is optional. Enter just the data you need.

For Langstroth beehives the Configuration report provides the optional Langstroth Builder so that you may specify the physical component layout of the beehive.

Counter

Alongside the familiar Help button is a counter that displays the count of frames or bars defined by the Strength report and then the count of frames or bars defined by the Configuration report:

{Strength}/{Configuration} (Frames or Bars)

Type

The beehive Type is a required piece of information in beehiveTool Mobile, as it categorizes a beehive's general composition. The following beehive types are supported:

  • Langstroth 8
  • Langstroth 10
  • Nuc
  • Top Bar
  • Glen
  • Stewarton
  • Other
Selecting the Other type allows you to define a completely custom beehive type.


Non-Langstroth Configurations

Non-Langstroth beehive configurations are limited to the Number of Frames or Number of Bars and Condition data points.

Number of Bars

Represents the total number of bars in a Top Bar beehive.

Number of Frames

Represents the total number of frames present in a Glen, Stewarton or Other beehive.

Condition

Rate the overall physical condition of the beehive.


The Langstroth Builder

The Langstroth Builder is an interactive tool to easliy construct a representation of a Langstroth beehive by specifying it's physical components and individual component attributes.

At a minimum Langstroth beehives are composed of the following components

  • Top
  • Body
  • Bottom
From the minimum configuration you may add Supers and Queen Excluders.

Simply tap a component to enter just the details you're interested in tracking.

To change the position of a component, press and hold the component's icon (image on the left) and then drag the component into position.

Only Body, Super and Queen Excluder components may be repositioned.

Copy Configuration From Another Beehive is a time saving feature, letting you copy the beehive configuration from one beehive to the beehive you are configuring. Of course you may alter the copied configuration as needed.

You don't have to use the Langstroth Builder - it's an optional feature. Further, every data point in the individual component forms for Top, Body, Bottom and Supers are optional a well - enter just the data you need.

Top

All Top data points are optional.

Type

  • Flat
  • Migratory
  • Revisable
  • Telescoping
  • Other
Where Other is a custom, user defined type.

Inner Cover Checked if an Inner Cover is present, unchecked otherwise.

Feeder Checked if the Top has a feeder, unchecked otherwise.

Condition rates the Top's overall physical condition. The sum of all component conditions are used to rate the beehive's physical condition.

Body

All Body data points are optional.

Size

  • Deep
  • Medium
  • Shallow

Frame Composition

  • Mixed
  • Plastic
  • Wood
  • Other
Where Other is a custom, user defined type.

Number of Frames The number of frames in the Body.

Foundation

  • Mixed
  • Plastic
  • Wood
  • None

Feeder

  • Deep Inner
  • Medium Inner
  • Shallow Inner
  • Other
  • None
Where Other is a custom, user defined type.

Condition rates the Body's overall physical condition. The sum of all component conditions are used to rate the beehive's physical condition.

Bottom

All Bottom data points are optional.

Type

  • Screened
  • Solid
  • Two-way Pallet
  • Four-way Pallet
  • Six-way Pallet
  • Other
  • None
Where Other is a custom, user defined type.

Hive Stand Checked if a beehive Stand is present, unchecked otherwise.

Entrance Reducer Checked if a Entrance Reducer is present, unchecked otherwise.

Feeder Checked if the Bottom has a feeder, unchecked otherwise.

Condition rates the Bottom's overall physical condition. The sum of all component conditions are used to rate the beehive's physical condition.

Super

All Super data points are optional.

Type

  • Brood
  • Feed
  • Honey
  • Empty

Size

  • Deep
  • Medium
  • Shallow

Frame Composition

  • Mixed
  • Plastic
  • Wood
  • Other
Where Other is a custom, user defined type.

Number of Frames The number of frames in the Super.

Foundation

  • Mixed
  • Plastic
  • Wood
  • None

Feeder

  • Deep Inner
  • Shallow Inner
  • Other
  • None
Where Other is a custom, user defined type.

Condition rates the Super's overall physical condition. The sum of all component conditions are used to rate the beehive's physical condition.

Queen Excluder

Condition rates the Super's overall physical condition. The sum of all component conditions are used to rate the beehive's physical condition.

Sightings

The Sightings report reflects visual observations of the beehive. There are 4 yea or nay data points:

  • Queen
  • Queen Cells
  • Eggs
  • Drones

In addition to the above oberservational data, you may rate the beehive (based on a 5 star rating system) and specify its temperament (gentle or aggressive).

Queen

The Queen report defines the following data points and actions.

Type

Examples of Queen Type are

  • Mated
  • Supersedure
  • Swarm
  • Virgin
  • Queenless

Age

The Queen's age, expressed in months. As time passes, the application keeps this initial value up to date unless changed by you.

Quality

Rate the quality of the Queen on a 1 to 10 scale. This value is used to generate a 5-star rating displayed in various areas of the application.

Clipped

A simple yea or nay as to whether the Queen is clipped.

Marked

A simple yea or nay as to whether the Queen is marked. If affirmed, the option unlocks a color menu based on the conventional Queen color system.

Requeen

Use the Requeen button to initiate a Requeen action from the Queen report.

Harvest

Use the Harvest report to tally a beehive harvest. beehiveTool Mobile supports both US Imperial (pounds, gallons) and SI (kilograms, liters) systems of measure.

You are free to use different systems of measure for each individual data point, and you can change the system any time. The default system of measure is US Imperial; you may change the default in the Preferences view, available from the main menu.

The Harvest data points are

  • Honey
  • Cut Comb
  • Pollen
  • Wax

Feed

Use the Feed report to record feed events. Unlike Disease, Pest and Predation reports, Feed events are discrete - they do not flow forward from one inspection to the next.

beehiveTool Mobile supports up to 1 of each Feed category concurrently:

  • Nectar
  • Nutritional Supplement
  • Pollen
  • Other (User Defined Feed)

Every Feed category defines the data points Type and Amount. It's impractical to list all feed types here; please refer to the application. Lastly, each feed Type supports a User Defined feed, for example "Thom's Homebrew".

Disease

The Disease report supports the most common diseases found in the U.S. For less frequently encountered diseases, use the Other option, which allows for a User Defined (custom) disease type.

  • American Foulbrood
  • Chalkbrood
  • European Foulbrood
  • Nosema
  • Other (User Defined)
For what it's worth, it is possible to report one instance of each Disease type.

It's impractical to list all data points for each disease here; please refer to the application.

All Disease reports have 3 distinct states:

  • Untreated
  • Treated
  • Resolved
Until a Disease report attains the Resolved status, the report will flow forward with each subsequent Inspection, providing a history of the issue.

Pest

The Pest report supports the commonly encountered pests found in the U.S. For less frequently encountered pests, use the Other option, which allows for a User Defined (custom) disease type.

  • Small Beehive Beetle
  • Tracheal Mite
  • Varroa Mite
  • Wax Moth
  • Other (User Defined)
For what it's worth, it is possible to report one instance of each Pest type.

It's impractical to list all data points for each pest here; please refer to the application.

All Pest reports have 3 distinct states:

  • Untreated
  • Treated
  • Resolved
Until a Pest report attains the Resolved status, the report will flow forward with each subsequent Inspection, providing a history of the issue.

Predation

The Predation report supports the commonly encountered predators in the U.S. For less frequently encountered predators and mischief makers, use the Other option, which allows for a User Defined (custom) predation type.

It's impractical to list all predation types here; please refer to the application.

Predation reports support the Resolved state. Until a Predation report attains the Resolved status, the report will flow forward with each subsequent Inspection.

Dead Out

The Dead Out report supports the most common causes of colony collapse in the U.S. If the type of Dead Out cause is not listed, use the Other feature to define the cause.

The possible assignments for the cause of the Dead Out are

  • Diseases
  • Queenless
  • Pesticides
  • Pests
  • Predators
  • Other (User Defined)

Salvage

Along with specifying the primary cause of the Dead Out, the report also provides optional entries to record frames salvaged.

When a beehive is assigned a Dead Out report, it is no longer possible to perform Inspections on that beehive. It is possible however to revive the beehive at a later date by deleting the report, which some may find a convenience.