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.
First was Queen 3L LS (Queen Madonna that I received 11 days ago) and today I welcomed Queen 71L (Queen Magdelan) along with the nuc split from North Brisbane Bee Keepers Association’s Treasurer, John’s healthy hives from just around the corner in Geebung.
The queen is kept inside a purpose made cage with a few of her workers which is then sealed with candy (an icing sugar type mix). It is the job of both the queen and her new bees to eat the candy out to free her which should take between 2 days and a week. This allows the hive to acclimate to her.
So it was a very busy day at Bee School with 12 new queens being introduced to 12 new Nucs so we really tested the boundaries of the established hives as each Nuc needed 2 if not 3 frames of brood as well as a good store of honey.
A lot of hands on deck for the procedure so not nearly as stressful as I expected. Thanks bee school team!!