Yeah, again! After the swarm there are at least 3 virgin queens roaming the colony: A solid gold one that is pretty much chill. She moves slowly and has very few bees in her retinue. The bees seem to pretty much ignore her. […]
So this time the primary swarm from the observation hive cast an after swarm. Hopefully this won’t be a daily occurrence! Meanwhile, back at the observation hive the congestion builds. I haven’t seen any queen cells yet, though.
Yesterday evening I saw a virgin queen in the observation hive for the first time since this craziness began. She was running like a wild thing! The reason soon became apparent. The bees balled her! Note the condensation on the hive glass. This point on the glass was considerably hotter […]