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