Saturday, May 2, 2009
Where's the Queen
We let the queen out of her cage on the 30th. Today, Sat 5/2 there is a the first outdoor meeting of the season. WCBA , Worcester County Bee Association. But first we need to check on our girls and see how they are doing. We decide we needed to use the smoker....must be a trick...can't keep it going... We locate the queen quickly, remember she has a green spot on her head. Wanted to take more photos....but trusty assistant had an accident. He dropped one of the frames covered in bees! " DON'T PANIC" I said! We put the frame back in the brood box and close up the hive. See them on the ground. Believe it or not, none of them take flight. They all begin marching toward the front of the hive! Amazing! Off we go to the WCBA meeting. Exciting! Six hives were opened. The day warmed up. The sun was shining and the bees were flying! We got to see close up drone cells and queen cells and what to do to help keep the hive from swarming. Of course still not knowing alot about this camera... two pictures and the battery dies!