Monday, 31 May 2010

Removing the Queen

Ivor the bee keeper came to YSP the other day as he wanted to take the queen out of one of the hives.

He'd noticed that the workers were making a queen cell in the hive and he didn't want to let the existing queen swarm taking half the bees with her.

So, we first had to find the queen and he put her along with a frame of bees into a small hive situated next to the other two hives.
The original hive is now queenless, but they have the queen cell which will hatch soon.

The third image here shows the queen cell - very distinctive.

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