|Click on photo to see video of queen piping|
Saturday, June 18, 2011
We released the queen from her cage yesterday. There was still quite a plug of candy in the end of the tube, and the bees seemed to be around her cage though not attacking it. She wandered about a bit on top of the frames before crawling down into them. Hopefully now she'll be able to get to work and in a few days we'll check the hive to see if it indeed needs a queen or not. If not, then we'll just keep this little nuc going as a back-up. Or give it to a friend who lost both hives this past winter.
One interesting part of this experience was hearing the queen piping. I had seen it on videos, but had never heard it in person. This queen was pretty vocal, and we heard her loud and clear a number of times. Very cool.