About six weeks ago when checking the hives we were surprised to see evidence that we may have lost a queen out of one of the hives. You can tell this because you find where they have created queen cells and laid eggs in them. These queen cells are much larger than any other cells that the bees make. We found a couple of those along with a lack of new larvae and hatching bees. At this time we made a decision to see if the hive would raise their own queen. Some opinions differ on this but we decided to give it a try and see what a local mating will do since it is late in the season for them. With bated breath we checked them this last weekend and guess what we found??
First we spotted a few larvae and then we saw hatching brood as you see above. They are breaking their way out of the cell. This is signs that we have an active queen again. After much looking and combing the frames of the hive, I felt a lot like I was looking for Waldo, we finally spotted her!
We have a new lovely queen and she seems to be doing great. We will keep checking on them on warm days as they come and see how things go. Such a great experience and a lot of fun learning more about these great little creatures!
Lorin and I have been around agriculture our whole lives. We're happy to be part of the family farm.