Queen bee Aurora update, in which we learn the value of drawn out comb.

August 31, 2010 | By | Comments (3)



Soon after we introduced Queen bee Aurora to her new
box and empty frames of foundation, I got an email from Tina
and Thomas Keller, our advisers in the Aurora project. They were worried that the bees wouldn’t be able to draw out
comb fast enough to keep Aurora fully occupied in her egg-laying business. Bees
don’t draw out comb so fast at the end of the summer.

Tina and Thomas own a honey extractor, a contraption that spins the honey
from the comb and leaves behind empty cells that the bees can refill as they see
fit. Tina emailed that they were going to be extracting honey from some deep

“We could bring you some of the extracted deep frames for
Aurora and exchange them for some of the new frames you guys have there.  That
would help a lot in not slowing down the growth of this hive.”

Thanks to Tina and Thomas, we were able to swap out 5 empty
frames for 5 sticky frames that had lovely comb built out on both sides of the

A week later, when we checked her, we could see that Aurora
had been very busy, and had filled all of those frames with:


Nice pearly white eggs (see those little blurry white lines inside the cells?)


Andpretty little larvae floating in royal jelly.


  1. Marlene

    What would a nice color print cost me of the Queen bee and her court you have on your site ?

    Please let me know I can frame it.
    Thanks from Wa. State

    January 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm
  2. Sheila

    Amazing! Great cooperation all around.

    September 3, 2010 at 4:29 am
  3. tina k (friend of nugget)

    Yay for Arora! At least we know she’s not bored in there with no drawn out cells to fill.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm

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