6 July, checking for queen acceptance
Posted by Darwish 12 years ago
Returned the evening of the 6th, to check for acceptance of the new queen in A hive. vinfille and I noticed bees inserting their proboscises into the cage, but no more biting of the cage. So, we decided to let the queen out onto a frame of comb with a few bees to see what would happen. I removed a frame of comb with no bees and placed it next to the hive body and released the queen onto the face of the comb. I reached up and grabbed one or two bees at a time from the hive and introduced them onto the comb with the queen bee. All of them walked over to the queen and started grooming and cleaning her. After a few minutes, we replaced the frame back into the hive. Still, the bees seemed happy with her, and many bees walked over to attend to the queen. Finally, we wished her luck and put the cover back on.  
 
It would seem, then, that the queen has been accepted by the hive. Of course, we will not know for another week. Next Wednesday, we will check for the presence of eggs, a sure indication that the queen has been accepted.  
 
We checked B hive and the foundation in the honey super is still in place. The bees have already started drawing it out so they can fill it up with honey for me.
some questions for you...
Kassi42: What's the most bee stings you've gotten in a day due to your hobby?  
Do you get stung when you do your inspections? If so, how often/ how many stings? If not, how do you avoid that?
Darwish: So far, three stings at one time is the most I have recieved. I was working without a veil, and someone had just been mowing the field near my hives.  
 
I usually do not get stung. It is important to work slowly, not startling the bees with any rapid or jerky motions. Also, I think it is a matter of knowing when to work the bees, and matching protection to the situation. Like, say, not working the bees when someone has been mowing in the area. Or at least suiting up if I have to work them.
Darwish: Unfortunately, one of those three stings was right between his eyes, and the other was on his right jaw, so when they became swollen he looked like he had the mumps and a klingon-head all at once. It was rather painful to see, and I'm sure more painful to experience.  
 
I've resigned myself to being called a wuss, and always wear a veil! Plus, bees are more prone to get stuck in my long hair, which is an experience I don't want to repeat. (It's unnerving when one's head is buzzing from an external, pointy-ended source...)
vinfille: Sorry, that was my comment above. My husband has got to learn to log out of LF before he just wanders off and leaves me the computer! It's almost like leaving the terlet seat up...  
 
Darwish: We meet at last, Doppleganger!
vinfille: Doppleganger, wife, what's the difference? Except I'm shorter.
FoolProof: You both look alike to me.  
 
vinfille: Uh, I was the one behind the camera. That's Dar and his friend Dan. They almost are doppelgangers, though.
FoolProof: Oh! Sorry. Now we DO need a pic of Darwish!