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The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen!

Checked Andoria this past weekend. This was the hive that has had no brood at all for weeks, and the one to which I introduced a new queen last week. I was super excited to see capped brood and larvae this time! So I knew there’s a queen in there laying somewhere. I didn’t even go down to the bottom box to remove the queen cage as I should have; I was just so excited that they have a laying queen again, I wanted to disturb them as little as possible.

As I was putting the hive back together, I happened to see Her Majesty herself–but not the marked queen I bought! (The one I bought had a dot of paint on her, so I could identify her and know how old she is–the paint color corresponds to the queen’s birth year.) This is an unmarked–and HUGE–queen. Which means they DID raise their own queen, but I somehow missed all the signs. Though I didn’t check, they almost certainly killed the queen I put in there, since they already had their own. $30 wasted? Given that I really thought they were queenless and were about to die out, I say it was $30 well spent for peace of mind.

2 thoughts on “The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen!

  1. Brian

    I missed you at the last meeting. I was going to ask how you were doing with the two hives. I would like to get the url of the bee suit you mentioned. It does sound like your allergy to the bees is moving in the wrong direction and my suggestion would be to see your doctor and get an epi pen, just in case.

    It sounds like you have made all the right moves and are now getting set up for the fall and winter with a good supply of honey to carry them thru. We have a new local bee distributor opening in Kingston so we won’t have to depend on Betterbee any longer (which we couldn’t anyway).

    Take care and I’ll see you at the next meeting.

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