Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Dead Queen

When Ivor and I were looking for the new queen in one of the hives the other day we also discovered three other queen cells. As we didn't want more then one queen Ivor destroyed two of the queen cells (i kept them for the collection - you can see the royal jelly in one of them), but as he was destroying the third cell a new live queen popped out. If we'd left her, the other queen would have searched for her and killed her, so Ivor removed her from the hive.

I didn't imagine that bee keeping would involve such things as killing queens, but I asked if i could keep the dead queen bee for my collection.

So, I took her to the laboratories the other day to look at under the microscopes.
What a beautiful creature she is.

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