mating flight--time of day?
If the weather is nice etc, is there a particular time of day the queen goes out for mating? And mating flights can cover a few consecutive days, correct?
I have a queen that emerged either last Thursday or Friday. She is in a 4 frame box with 2 frames of bees. They had more than one side of a frame of nectar, some capped honey, some pollen, last week.
I noticed on Tues that robbing was going on. Since then I've had them under watch as much as I can (the box is right outside my patio door) to regulate the problem. Sometimes I have to block them in, then I will open up for 2 bees passage, cover with sheet to confuse, etc.
Yesterday afternoon I opened and check frames, all the stores were gone. So I rubber banded into frames some comb I'd kept from a cut out for back up. I took a full frame out of the freezer which I will give them later today.
With all my interference, I am concerned about the mating flight. Is there a time of day I can make sure she can get in and out?
Any other ideas?
"Rule Three of beekeeping...Never cease to feel wonder" Laurie R. King--
March 2010; +/- 30 hives, TF