A queen is born

As I mentioned in the last post, we are at the height of swarm season here in Harford County, and in light of missing several swarms from my hives, I was able to observe two queens hatch from a strong hive that was going to be one of my honey producers.

I emphasis WAS, because on average, whenever a hive swarms, nearly half the colony leaves with the old queen.

Shame on me for thinking I could control the destiny of my bees.

Just like her worker bees, she also hatches with less hair and a lighter color.

Her true color will appear then her exoskeleton hardens. This beautiful girl and her sister were moved to nuc boxes along with several frames of brood and bees.