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  1. #1
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    Apr 2013
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    Newton, North Carolina, USA
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    Default New Beekeeper Question About Queens

    After over 30 years I am getting back into Bees here in Newton, NC. I have a new hive (one week). Package installed, queen cage removed, using a top feeder. Today, while watching the bees, I saw a very large bee land on the board and enter the hive. Could this be just a big bee or a 'wild' queen? Could I have a problem brewing? also, I noticed that very few bees are landing loaded down with nectar. Of course, there are not many flowers around now. We do have Bradford Pear Trees around.

    Comments appreciated.

    tw

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    jackson county, alabama, usa
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    Default Re: New Beekeeper Question About Queens

    i'm guessing you probably saw a drone coming in. they are much bigger than the workers, have big eyes, and a squared off butt. they also make a louder buzzing sound when they fly.

    welcome to beesource and good luck with your bees!
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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