Uh. So. I walked outside to get a pic or two of my super hive for a friend and looked up just in time to see what I assumed to be a queen bee flying out from one of my fenceline hives. It definitely wasn’t a worker because it was too big, and it was flying out and up instead of simply over the house like the others were.
Not sure what’s going on but if that’s a new queen’s mating flight I’m happy.
Good news: The natural swarm hive has eggs!
I took another quick look in to the swarm hive and actually took the time to brush some bees away closer to the middle of the combs. There were eggs!!! That means the queen is in there and happily laying away! That means that in a few weeks we are going to see a nice increase in their numbers~
Presenting Her Majesty, Queen Ahu of Easter Hiveland!
This little queenie is actually not native to Easter Hiveland. Or at least isn’t part of their gene pool. I had to introduce a queen from Florin, because the original Easter Hiveland swarm was a clone swarm. (otherwise known as a colony of laying workers.)
They laid out maybe 2 partial frames of drones, then the new queen got right to laying out the rest of the combs. Now they have an incredible amount of both honey and proper brood, and I’m very proud of them for doing so well.
As of now they are still very nice bees, but once Ahu’s brood starts emerging they will quickly turn volatile. Though at least they will survive. That’s all that matters.
“Whaaaat? Wasps? Yay? Why would that be a good thing?” you may ask.
Well wasps, particularly red wasps, are some of the first social queens to found new nests in the spring. That means that spring is coming soon!
This little bugger was hanging out with the Florin girls and flew off shortly after I took this pic.