News Item: Activity at hive 2
(Category: Our bees)
Posted by sally
Saturday 24 May 2008 - 17:31:53

Well yesterday morning there was quite a bit of activity around the entrance of hive 2 - quite early in the morning, before 9am, which is much earlier than we usually see new bees on their play flights.  Later in the morning it didn't seem so busy.  Well we pondered what was likely to be happening in the hive.  It had been the remaining bees from which we took the artifical swarm almost two weeks ago. Well a queen could have emerged - probably Tuesday at a guess from our calculations so could she have been about to go off on a mating flight or just left?

Actually, what does happen when she leaves the hive for the first time?  Is she escorted or does she have to orientate herself at the entrance to the hive in the same way young bees do?  That's somethng else to worry about ... I mean, just how does she find her way home?!


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