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.
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.