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A tale of two colonies – spot the difference

Two colonies, four metres apart at 2.30pm on 30 March 2021 in Hampshire UK. Can you deduce what is happening inside? Answer below.


The first colony is queenright. It has ten sides of brood and is progressing well gathering lots of pollen — vital for the young larvae within.

The second colony is queenless. It has no brood, is gathering hardly any pollen and even has a drone — possibly left over from last year. It is doomed and may well know it.

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