Aunt’s Queen Found
Due to my being at the science center all of monday, and all of the rain, there wasn’t an opportunity for me to open my aunts bees. I was over there with my other aunt and my cousin all of yesterday to do yard work though, so I got to take a look. I just wanted to make sure they had a queen and everything was going well.
They had 3 bars with wax on them, all full of eggs, and we even got to see the queen. She’s a lighter color than Agatha, and smaller too. She hasn’t quite come into herself yet I think, because her abdomen wasn’t the regular full length, and was puffier towards the front that it should’ve been. But other than that, the hive is fine! My aunt was standing less than 5 feet away the entire time, so she got to see almost everything right up close. I don’t think she got to see any of the eggs though. If I had been thinking about it I would’ve had someone get a camera, so she could take a picture of her queen… meh, oh well. I’ll try and remember next time.
I’ve managed to convince her to not put the rest of the four boxes on all at once. The Warre’ book suggests doing that in early spring, so the bees have ample room to spread out and the beekeeper has less to do. That’s for a hive with two full boxes of bees though, not one with only three frames. Since she got to look into the hive herself, I think she’s got a better idea of their current space usage.
There was a relative lack of nectar and pollen in the hive though, so that is worrisome. We were supposed to have thunderstorms yesterday, and rain today, but it was in the 70’s with relatively clear skies yesterday and its looking to be another hot day today, without a cloud in sight. All of the hives have queens and eggs and plenty of foragers, so I’m not worried about any of them! Whether I’ll be collecting honey from either of the Warre’ hives is unlikely however.