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Is something stirring?

IMG_5460Having taken a long time to come into lay, the new Queen may not be for the observation hive much longer.

There is what looks suspiciously like a queen cell in the making (right). However as the photo (below left) shows, she continues to lay in whatever spaces are cleaned out by the workers.

Her brood looks very healthy (bottom right): sealed, no holes in the cappings and and very few empty cells in between.

The drones have now almost completely departed the colony — they were around in force for quite some time, presumably until she became mated.

Turlough, Vita’s Guest Beekeeping Blogger

 

Queen dipping in and out of the few empty cells laying eggs.

Queen dipping in and out of the few empty cells laying eggs.

Solid brood pattern and health larvae.

Solid brood pattern and healthy larvae.

 

 

 

 

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