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Offline ozebee

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Lonely Queen
« on: May 08, 2013, 03:10:29 AM »
I am trying to build up a small nuc after a trap out. I have managed to get them to make a new queen and she seems to be laying - although not in great numbers. It is autumn here now but the weather has been good and still quite warm - over 20 deg C during the day.  Have been feeding them a little and regularly check on them.
Yesterday I found it interesting to find the queen all by herself on an empty frame - she just kept on wandering round the frame - perhaps inspecting.  I enticed her to get back on a frame with some bees and she seemed quite happy. A couple of pictures attached.

Is it normal for the queen to wander off by herself like that?

Offline Michael Bush

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Re: Lonely Queen
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2013, 10:01:38 AM »
The queen tends to traverse the entire hive from time to time, but spends most of her time in the brood nest with her attendants.  Typically the will follow her...
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