Exciting Hive Update – Real Time

August 18, 2018 – This is just a quick update for all my pals on what is happening right now in the hive. I am queenright! This means I finally have a queen laying in my hive again! I haven’t seen her in a few days, but you can see the evidence of her in the picture below.

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That main bee is not the queen, but those little dots inside the comb is her eggs. The fact that they are laying down means they are about 2 days old.

The below pictures are from my second hive. It is currently queenless, so I was in looking for queen cups. The main thing there is a queen cup that has been sealed. This means I have about 8 days before she hatches.

Here is another queen cup on the other side of the frame. This one isn’t capped yet, so it must be a few days behind.

More on why I am excited, what a queen cup is, and the whole mating process as I catch up my posts to real-time. Thanks for reading!

Did you know? I queen bee can lay as many as 1,000 eggs a day! She decides whether or not to have them fertilized, creating male (unfertilized) drones or female (fertilized) workers.

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