The new queen takes over

It was 10 days ago that I put the new queen into BLT's old colony. It's been nerve wracking worrying if those horrid bees had accepted her or not, and made her feel at home enough to start being productive and laying eggs. Sot it was with trepidation that I looked this morning...

The good news is that she's alive and seems to be accepted as the bees weren't bothering or bullying her (I managed to get the photo below of her with the yellow spot). The bad news is that I couldn't see any newly laid eggs.  Hopefully by next week she will have recovered from her journey to London from the queen breeder and will be laying eggs like a good 'un!  I'll continue to keep an eye on the entrance to the hive to see if  they start bringing in pollen which is the food they need to feed the babies, so if pollen's going in I'll know there are young hungry mouths to feed! 

 The new queen bee with the yellow dot on her back

The new queen bee with the yellow dot on her back

Emily AbbottComment