07 June 2008

She's in there somewhere, the minx

Complete hive inspection with the aim of finding and marking the queen, plus checking for swarm cells.

The place is groaning with sealed brood and seething with bees. I found a few small queen cell cups, but did not have time to check every frame. Although there is plenty of room in both brood and supers, I have a bad feeling about swarming.

With the hive in bits all around me, I lifted each brood frame out in turn... could I find the queen? Could I buggery. She's in there somewhere, the minx.

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