I had a look in the brood box and found eggs and learvae so the queen is doing her job well.
I enjoy watching the comings and goings of our bees and occasionally have the time to spend a few moments at the side of the hive examining the bees for the type of pollen they are carrying and generally enjoying their activities but yesterday I was surprised to see the queen walking around the outside of the hive.
Surprised is understating my reaction it was more of a shock but I managed to stay calm enough to gather her up and place her on the landing board. Backpack The reaction from the other bees was favourable and after having a chat with two or three of them she wandered into the darkness of the hive seemingly quite happy.
So what was going on there I asked myself. I can think of only two explanations; 1. She was returning from a mating flight – but she had no drone parts attached to her body, 2. She was about to leave on a mating flight.
What I want to do now is have a look through the brood box and see if I have a laying queen.