Holy cow, or should that be Holy Bees, Dave! I'm gonna guess that the Queen is in the lower left quadrant of the picture, head downward towards the bottom of the picture, maybe about 1” from the bottom, and 1” from the left edge of the photo. Her abdomen is larger, more golden-brown than the other bees, and there are empty cells around her back end.
Yes - you found her, Meg! Our queens will not have markings, so we need to train our eyeballs. We will get more practice when we do the classes in the apiary.
I agree with Meg on location but pretty sure I would have a much harded time if they were crawling around
Found the Queen... da big one.
I saw her as described, what a cutie.
I found the queen by her large size compared to the worker bees and her abdomen extends beyond her wings. I noticed that the queen was near the empty cells, but hadn't thought about why she might be there in the first place. Would the queen still be trying to lay eggs in these cells? Is it a good idea to look along the edges of the empty cells to find her, as opposed to somewhere else?
My guess is it's the big bugger down in the left corner near the open combs
Found it Dave. I think the lower left corner.
We (my daughter and I) found her. I was pretty sure that was her, and my eight-year-old was certain, she said "Because she is different and much bigger"ginger
Wait, I thought I was the queen.
Oh Jen, you ARE the queen! Just not the queen BEE. :)
I found her...she is a beauty!
Is this snow going to be a problem? How about the cold overnight temp? It was 19F in Mazama this morning.
Ric - the bees will just cluster tighter in the cold weather. I feed them this time of year, so they have fuel to keep warm while they hunker down to wait for dandelion blooms in mid April. On warm days, I see them bringing in gray alder pollen.
Post a Comment