Well, it’s been a busy few weeks at the apiary, what with queen cells galore and swarms disappearing. However, the highlight was witnessing a virgin queen hatching before my eyes and capturing the moment through the lens. I was in the process of creating a new colony within a nucleus box (small hive). As I removed the sealed queen cell from a larger colony to place in the nuc box I could feel her scratching away inside the cell and new she would be emerging very soon. A few minutes later a beautiful virgin queen bee was born.
Next week see’s me in action chasing swarms!