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Long live the Queen

I found the queen today – I was getting a bit worried that not many bees were coming and going, and Dad came around with some bayvaryl strips (to control varroa mite), so we hunted for the queen. Didn’t end up putting in the bayvaryl, as it is such a new hive. Found the queen on the second pass – used a screwdriver to prise up the frames. Dad uses his bare fingers to lift them, not a sting. I had a buzzy little bee facing me down, but in the end it was all noise. The queen has brood in all the lower frames, the middle frames are nearly empty, having just hatched. The queen was in the third frame in – First time I had seen a queen bee. There was a lot of brood in the hive, with very few empty gap cells. They are strong, but have not ventured up into the second box yet.

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