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House Bee
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Smalltime Beekeeper In Victoria Australia

« on: November 08, 2012, 09:27:21 PM »

I caught a swarm about 4 weeks ago. The colony spent the first week in a 5 frame nuc, then I transferred to an 8 frame full depth and donated a frame of honey and a small amount of brood from any hive.

A few days ago (after 4 weeks) I inspected the brood and found the queen. I have never seen any of my queens in three years of beekeeping. The marking kit came in handy and I was able to catch her and mark her.

The bees are very placid and I did not need any smoke. I got a few photos, the one below is just after she was released from the marking cage. Being such a small colony she was easy to find. So far she has filled up almost three frames of capped brood. It should start increasing in strength any day now.

I could have watched her work all afternoon.



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Queen Bee
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2012, 07:23:49 AM »

I have never seen any of my queens in three years of beekeeping.

Hey - you found one.  You're a better queen spotter than me.

Galactic Bee
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2012, 11:13:28 AM »

Sounds like it is time for you to start building an observation hive.

"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed.  If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed."--Mark Twain
New Bee
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2013, 03:52:50 AM »

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