Queen bee Flora

June 4, 2010 | By | Comments (4)

We’d like to introduce our newest queen, Flora.

QueenBeeFlora

 

 

Today we inspected that hive and found a beautiful mated queen,
surrounded by a circle of bees jostling each other to become part
of her retinue. That’s her in the photo above.

We did not find any brood or eggs, but that makes sense, as Queen Flora
probably has only just started laying eggs. We only found lots of
honey. So we robbed a frame of brood from Fauna, our other Langstroth
hive, so Flora would have some new bees to tide her over until the new
queen gets up to speed in the egg laying department.

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll remember the virgin queen we found in one of our hives 2 weeks ago. That’s her in the photo below.  That virgin queen might have left the hive in a swarm, taking half the bees along with her. If she did that, then the bees that remained would have had a new queen that hatched from one of the swarm cells we found in that hive. Since we don’t really know, we’re imagining that we saw Flora before she was a mom.

Virginqueen

 

 

COMMENTS

  1. keeping bees

    Raising bees in a controlled environment to be able to gather honey is what beekeeping is all about. This practice has been done for thousands of years, but the present technique of beekeeping started in the 19th century. Beekeeping enthusiasts rave about how fascinating this hobby can be. Not only that, it can also become a money-making venture. But to flourish in beekeeping, one has to have a good amount of knowledge in the process of keeping bees.

    September 1, 2010 at 1:33 am
  2. howard grant

    I dove into the program, doing the 12 week ramp up from slow walking to jogging to running, all you need is a stopwatch and a measured distance to run. I went a little faster than the program recommended, I foolishly figured I wasn’t quite in so bad a shape as the average guy the program was designed for. I didn’t lose a single pound until about 6 weeks in, when I lost 4 pounds in 1 week. Then just as I was starting to jog 2 minutes out of every 15 walking, WHAM I got bursitis in my knee and I could hardly even stand up. I guess I should have stuck to the original program, I over-exercised. Further aggravating the problem, I used his original 1960s book, the point system was reevaluated in the 1980s and was significantly changed, I was working way too hard according to the new numbers. Oops.
    Diet Plans

    August 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm
  3. bee_friendly

    Two colonies of honeybees in San Francisco were apparently targeted in an attack that wiped out most of the hives’ population.
    About 200,000 honeybees were killed Tuesday week when someone apparently broke into the Hayes Valley Farm and sprayed two beehives with pesticide.
    Beekeper Karen Peteros told the Mercury News that pesticide odor was heavy, liquid was dripping from the sides of the beehives and, “the dead bees smelled like household pesticide.”
    Each beehive housed 60,000 to 100,000 bees. A third, smaller beehive was also hit in the attack, killing about 60-70 percent of the bees in that hive. Peteros says she can’t find the queen.
    Peteros runs the non-profit San Francisco Bee-Cause and tends to the hives herself. The honeybees killed in the attack helped pollinate the farm and were part of the mission to train and educate.

    July 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm
  4. tina k (friend of nugget)

    My she has grown! She is a beauty, too.

    June 7, 2010 at 8:02 pm

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