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Hail to the Queen!

Terry

No, not THAT queen...although, in my humble opinion, she certainly can be worthy, on her best days...

 

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THIS queen!

 

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Can you find her???

She's not easy to spot most of the time.  She's in the middle of the photo, just a tad bit below the center line. The one with the longer, brown abdomen...she's an egg-laying machine!

Surrounded by her loyal subjects, who tend to her every need.

 

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It's been a challenging couple of years in the Gray apiary.  

We ended last fall with 3 strong, healthy hives which made it through the winter.

In February and March, despite my feeding efforts, 2 of them died, leaving us with one.

I ordered 2 packages of bees, which I used to start 2 new hives last month.

For whatever reason, 1 of them left (we suspect they joined the other package in the one hive) and the other ended up with a non-laying queen.  And with no laying queen, the hive was doomed.

So this morning, I visited my second-favorite bee-man (Kimmie is my favorite, of course!), who fixed me up with a new queen for the queenless hive and another starter hive.

Now we're back up to 3.

Never a dull moment around this place....

 

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In a honeybee colony, as in real life, it's all about the woman of the house...

...hail to the Queen!

 

 

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