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The virgin queen is on the march

At last the virgin queen is on the march.

I’m not sure when she emerged, but there has been so much flying from the observation hive today that I thought a search for a newly emerged virgin queen might be in order.

The queen cells look little different from previous days, and the bees were covering them so well that I couldn’t see if they had been opened. But obviously at least one has.

And here she is, looking beautiful. dark and unexpectedly large — I’d expected her to be a little smaller as a virgin.

Now I must watch to see if I can her leave on her mating flights.

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