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27th-Sep-2006 02:54 pm

after preping the hive the other day, i have removed and replaced the top super. extraction to be soon. I went through the rest of the hive today. I had worried that it might swarm soon, and discovered (both to my delight and concern) that i had been right. 

so we have (above and below) a queen grub and a queen cell (intact)

there was a number of these, approx 1-2 per frame, so around 16ish.

i went through and removed burr comb, made the frames nice, and scrapped all the queens off, this should give me another few weeks to prepare to 'find the queen' and the hive should be clean enough to go through easily.

the image below is next to a 5c piece.  - i should note also, that these are hanging so the queen is pointing down (as you are now looking at it, and are built off the face of the comb. i will try to get that picture next time.

27th-Sep-2006 08:08 am (UTC)
You're a multi-talented person.
27th-Sep-2006 09:43 am (UTC)
Why am I not drinking Agave Mead right now?
27th-Sep-2006 11:38 am (UTC)
you're slack ?
7th-Oct-2006 09:44 am (UTC)
And now I am not drinking it because I BROKE it.
29th-Sep-2006 05:27 am (UTC)
That's the largest 5c piece I've ever seen.
5th-Oct-2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
you sure don't see many 5c pieces then ;)
5th-Oct-2006 02:01 am (UTC) - Bee Goodness
I heard somewhere about how you can "pimp" out your bee hives to farmers who need there crops pollinated. The honey has no commercial value as it's not distincly one kind of flavour - but that wouldn't matter to you!

It was just a thought since your bee family is about to expand...
5th-Oct-2006 11:46 am (UTC) - Re: Bee Goodness
yeah you can, but you wouldn't believe the effort you have to put in.

bugger that
13th-Nov-2006 11:33 pm (UTC) - Weird as!
The International Network of Spies reports:
Hi Sui,

Those pics are strange....but interesting....So what happens when new queen bee's are produced the hive leaves??
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