Re: Fall Inspection
Queen is usually found in area of new eggs.
Remove top super and set aside on top of inner cover and cover with a cover cloth.
Use cover cloths and only expose frame you are removing, when you are about to remove it.
Take a quick look on front side but with light queen tends to scamper to back side. The cover cloths remove the direct light and queen does not move around or drop to the bottom near as much.
Hold frame at arms length over the super and do a scan of the frame. Queen is often on the move and there is the tell tale ring of surrounding attendats.
I have a set of three cover cloths. They are merely a water repellant( so they can be hosed down periodically) cloth with a full width dowelling sewn into either. About 2 inch bigger than super dimensions.
When the supers are split, the one with bees fanning and louder does not contain the queen.
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