The hubs and I opened the hives last Saturday, April 18, but I hadn’t posted about it yet because by the time I got done looking at the pictures, the pine pollen had emerged and … I’ve been down with a blistering sinus headache for the past four days. But I’m back now, so here’s the exciting news The Hubs got some great pictures of Queen Thyme!!!
Without further ado:
They haven’t done anything in the second box yet, but they have built all the way out into Frame #8
Lots and lots of capped brood, and a few cells with dark residue from pupae inside. Looks like a few new baby worker bees have emerged recently.
And there she is, ladies and gentlemen: The Queen of Thyme. Hey, wait, I kind of like that … that may be a novel title someday! Do you see her? Look closely – she’s very different from the others if you know what to look for. Long abdomen, light colored, short wings… got her?
She’s really FAST. It only took a couple of seconds for her to get from the bottom of that frame to up here at the top. Can you spot her now? (If you can’t, I’ll put the marked-up pics at the bottom of the post 😉 )
This was an oddity that I haven’t seen before – apparently the girls decided to “uncap” a pupa that was not yet fully developed (white thing, center frame.) I’m sure they had a good reason but I don’t know what it was. I’ll ask some more experienced beekeepers. I love having pictures to go with my silly questions!
In case you couldn’t spot her above: Her Royal Thymeness! See how much longer she is than the others?
Up close and personal with royalty.