I’ve just stumbled across this amazing footage from the BBC of a Queen (Princess) bees maiden flight and her mating with drones.
Strangely enough I’ve just realised the significance of the term “maiden flight”.
No explanation necessary – it is amazing to watch.
We live in a very lucky land and a very lucky city. In spite of grim grey skies over Brisbane, my garden insists on thriving.
While not a whole lot of variety for the bees, my girls are still getting good pollen and nectar from lavender, Rosemary, cosmos, chilli, rocket and apricots (I know weird right).
Brisbane – perfect place for a bee to be!
I think all apiarists particularly when starting out, can’t help but tell anyone who will listen about “their girls” and the first flush of success.
At least in the initial stages when the novelty of bee keeping has not worn thin, friends, neighbours and nearby shop keepers will hear the ‘how I started story’ multiple times.
No one wants to think they are boring their audience, so I was delighted when I turned up for dinner with friends, who I haven’t seen since I started bee keeping but have been following my exploits online, to have received a beeutiful Alex Munroe bee necklace from long time school friend Yasmin tonight.
Perfect gift for anyone a little beesotted with their girls