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Three mating flights?

Even before 10 this morning hive three exploded into action with what looked like a swarm.  We could hear the thrum of bees filling the air above the garden apiary from 40m away.  Unlike the mating swarm we witnessed earlier on in the year the bees did not fly off to some nearby branch before returning: they just circled around for 10 or 15 minutes, gradually subsiding and returning to the hive.  We guessed that it was a newly hatched queen (hopefully just one) was out for her wedding flight. 
Hive three gets busy as the queen goes on her matingflight.
Twice more today we witnessed the same behaviour from that colony.  As everything was getting back to normal on the second exodus of the day I was lucky enough to see the queen return.  She was quite dark like her mother.  She landed a bit clumsily on the alighting board, took off again, returned to sight once more and fell into the grass in front of the hive.  I guess she got back safely.

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Posted by David on Tuesday 16 June 2009 - 23:20:23 |printer friendly