View Full Version : What was she thinking ?
08-22-2004, 07:36 PM
I installed five Caucasian queens into four frame divides on 7/31. On 8/14 all were fine but one divide looked a bit weak. Today I found a two softball sized swarm in my yard which I hived up. Two hours later they flew away into a boxwood bush. An hour later they flew into the weak nuc, with a black long skinny queen. I assume that it was the queen I bought. What was she doing ?
09-01-2004, 08:24 PM
Came back to my yard today at 5:00 pm and the same nuc was again returning from some kind of swarm flight. Again saw the queen re-entering. I don't get it.
09-02-2004, 05:23 AM
I've seen a pretty good cluster go out with a queen for a mating flight. But I would assume this queen was already laying? I've also occasionally found a queen outside the hive. I think they get around more than we think.
09-04-2004, 08:25 PM
I had an interesting swarming experience the other day: my son called me to see what turned out to be an unfolding swarming event. A small cluster (presumably with the queen) had settled high on a branch of walnut treen and a large swarm of bees was circling below and around it. Since it was way to high to reach i decided to try to "laso" the branch, shake it and hope to find the queen and a bunch of bees on the grass below. I managed to get a line around the branch by throwing a rock tied to it. After a couple of good pulls the whole cluster came down but "disolved" in midair. The bees went all flying ... directly back into the hive they had come out of!!! I noticed because immediately after shaking them I saw a large swarm of bees right over that hive. Minutes later all was calm, and the queen seems to be back in busines. I did go and opened the hive the next day and found close to 12 huge swarm cells. I removed the 4 frames containing those cells and stared a nuc with them that had a laying queen in less than a week.
05-29-2005, 07:36 AM
hi all , tried to install new queen today .opened the cage it had been installed ten days all the bee but queen died . so i opend the cage to get her out .she flew stright up and gone. will she come back to this hive?
05-29-2005, 01:17 PM
>so i opend the cage to get her out .she flew stright up and gone. will she come back to this hive?
It helps to leave the hive open for 10 minutes or so to give her a better chance of finding it as the bees will give off a lot of nasonov pheromone if you leave the lid off.
07-10-2005, 05:20 PM
Has anyone ever gotten stung by a queen?
If so , is her sting any worse than a worker?
Has any compairative studies been done on the content of the queen's venom ?
07-11-2005, 03:01 PM
>Has anyone ever gotten stung by a queen?
I have had them act like they were stinging me. I've never been stung by a queen.
>If so , is her sting any worse than a worker?
I think it's very unlikely you'll get stung by one.
>Has any compairative studies been done on the content of the queen's venom ?
I don't know. Since they virtually never sting it seems irelevant.