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Long Live the Queen!

June 11, 2013

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Back when we released the queen I thought I lost one.  I thought she got on my glove and I flung her into the grass behind the hive.  She is it.  If she doesn’t lay her eggs and get to it…the whole hive will collapse very shortly.  She is the only one who can lay eggs… so without her…they all will die off.  So needless to say I was a bit frantic.  Think the scene from “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” when the dad (Rick Moranis) realizes the kids are in the grass and he is afraid to move..but he must look through the yard to find them.  That was me…only pregnant immensely pregnant and without a cool hovering harness made from a drying rack like the movie.  I went back out to the bee yard three or four more times the rest of the night looking for her.  I was that certain she was what I had flung off my glove.

So when we went out 2 weeks later to cut off some miss built comb and add the queen excluders (those stop the queen from climbing higher and laying babies in your honey) I was worried we would find an already weak hive in near collapse.  I never saw the queen… but I did find signs she was alive and very well.  There was plenty of brood (baby bees). You can’t have babies without a queen, this I know!   I would say there is more obvious brood in that little hive then in the robust thriving ones next to it!

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See the little “C” shaped babies all curled up in each comb? The higher up you look the chubbier (older ) the babies are…and as you look down the frame you can see teeny tiny ones. You can even see some have 2 in each spot… I don’t know what happens in those situations. Either way the nursery is full!  Do you see them?

To celebrate we were rewarded with that miss built comb! It didn’t last long.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Carol permalink
    June 11, 2013 9:28 am

    Wow T!!! That is so awesome!! It just makes me at awe how God takes care of even those little baby bees. Thanks so much for sharing this. It was so neat to see.

    • June 11, 2013 9:31 am

      yay… I am glad it didn’t gross you out, lol… I think it’s neat but I never know if people are going to gag, lol.
      Thanks!
      T

  2. June 11, 2013 8:29 pm

    Ws came SO close to raising bees. Had the equipment and hives all ordered… But the bees themselves had to be ordered separately, and it looked like we were going to get the bees before we had any place to put them. So we cancelled the equipment order–and never got round to it again.
    I was the one who wanted to raise them. They do so amazing to observer, do so many fascinating things, all pre-programmed into them—and they can make life so sweeT. 🙂 Thanks for this wonderful post.

  3. June 11, 2013 8:31 pm

    oops! That should be they ARE so amazing… (I’ve got a cold and can’t think too straight.)

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