Posts tagged ‘queen bee’
Ouch! I was stung by my bees for the first time today – it was only a matter of time.. serves me right for thinking (and telling other people) that I hadn’t been stung yet. The story goes that my husband Graham was wearing the proper beekeeping head gear (since I am trying to persuade him that he wants to be the main beekeeper in the household) and I had on a hat with a bug net around it – which normally works fine. But today, as I was trying to look at the each frame to try and spot the (snow) queen, the sun was reflecting off the screen so, I (unwisely as it turned out), decided to lift the protective layer and boom! An angry bee (never mind the birds!) decided to seek it’s revenge on my cheek.
I would like to say that I acted calmly but NO! I screamed and ran away and adding to my panic was the buzzing sound emanating from my hair – as I was ripping the hat off and scrambling to get my hair out of it’s bun – I managed to really scrape my forehead with my nails – which, as it turned out, was a worse inury than the bee sting.. I didn’t know if I was going to swell up from the bee sting – I haven’t been stung by anything for a long time. Since I am writing this and am not in a hospital bed or significantly deformed, I guess I don’t get an allergic reaction to honey bee stings – hurray!
After I had calmed down and put the hat firmly back on my head (and changed direction so I wasn’t looking into the sun), we looked through the rest of the hive, but couldn’t find the queen. We did find eggs and quite a lot of brood – so I think all is well. I was afraid they were going to be ready to swarm with all the hot weather and the fact we haven’t got the second deep body on yet.
We collected our new bee colony (package) on Mother’s Day – from the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association – who drive to Georgia and back to collect the packages. We hived them on a perfect day – 70F, sunny and calm. We mistakenly took the cork out of the wrong end of the queen’s cage (we replaced back before leaving them) and so I was worried the queen would escape too quickly and then be killed by the colony. As usual, my fears were unfounded – when we checked on their progress yesterday – all was well, the Snow Queen (she is marked with a white blob) was doing fine, as were her 10,000 cohorts! They seemed to be enjoying the honey left by the previous colony and were as busy as bees! We didn’t see any sign of eggs yet, but will look again in a couple of weeks.