Monday, 7 April 2014

Queen Bee Marking.

A little update on what a couple of our members got up to over the weekend!!
 
John Perring came round and we went through my hives to mark the Queens. We only managed to find the Queen in one of three hives and after a bit of faffing we hesitantly marked her (for both of us this was our first Queen marking !!). Our paint job was a bit of a bodge but it does the job and I think we'll be better next time.

 John took a photo of the unfortunate Queen and also some of the bees bringing in loads of pollen from the Oil Seed Rape they were busy working.
 
Full pollen sacs on a worker bee.
Full pollen sacs on a worker bee.


probably from nearby Oil Seed Rape fields.
Plenty of pollen being brought in, probably from
nearby Oil Seed Rape fields.


The newly marked queen in the crown of thorns.
The newly marked queen in the crown of thorns.


Bees fanning at the entrance of the hive.
Fanning.
Thanks Stewart Maher and John Perring for sharing the  experience and photos with us!

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