Ejected Queen Bee
To get away from work on my computer, I took a mug of coffee over to my garden hives to observe the bee movements. Whilst leaning on the back of the hive in which I introduced a new queen on Thursday, I could see they were bringing pollen in. Suddenly I saw a bee ejected from the hive and land on the ground. Closer inspection I saw it was a queen. Quickly running back to the house, I threw a smock on and gloves and grabbed the queen cage the new queen arrived in. Back at the hive I eventually found the ejected queen amonst the leaf litter. I got the queen cage over her and gently eased her in. Back in the kitchen I had a close look at her and could see she was on her last legs. She was struggling to stand and I noticed she was much smaller than a normal healthy queen.
I knew she was not the new queen introduced as she was not marked and the new queen was marked yellow on her thorax. I can only think, that though I did a thorough inspection of the hive before introducing the new queen, that the old queen though not laying eggs must have still been present. Unfortunately I have not had time since Thursday due to weather and other commitments to do an inspection on the new queen. Pollen is being brought in, so this is some indication she is laying, but I will only know when doing a full inspection.
I have the ejected queen in the queen cage, she has some fondant still remaining in the cage and I have put her in a dark warm place. I will have to see if she will recover, but I’m not hopeful. If she did fully recover, I could make up a nuc with her in place. But I will leave her until this evening and have another look at her.
I called my mentor Terry for some advice and he said ” I should buy a lottert ticket for tonight ” – The odds are very much the same in winning the lottery as the chances of looking at a hive and seeing a queen ejected.
So if you don’t see anymore on this blog in the future, I will be sunning myself on my yacht in the Med.
Bye Bye !!