Watched a wasp enter yesterday, and 30 seconds or so later, leave. Plenty of bees coming and going but this wasp seemed unaffected.
Reduced entrance to 4 bee space (arches) in mouse guard. Might reduce it further.
Had a good look, but no sign. Queen cells there too, assuming started from the eggs of old Queen.
Yeah that was my thinking. Hive/Nuc are problems (queenless/wasps), so uniting and re-introducing old Queen was my thinking.
Just wondered if I should cage her or not.
New Queen introduced last week obviously killed.
A few wasps are starting to get into the Nuc with the old Queen.
I need to re-introduce old Queen back into hive.
What’s the best way to do that? Put her into cage? Or put the frame she’s on straight back into hive?
Was originally requeened in 2018 with a Buckfast Queen. There’s been a few changes in Queen since then, so previous queens would have mated with local bees, so maybe the Buckfast strain has been diluted somewhat since.
New Queen is a native black bee.
Put new Queen into hive Tuesday (cage type below).
It was only afterwards I realised it is advised the plastic tab (so the bees can’t get at the fondant) be kept on for a day while bees get used to the new Queen.
Anyway, I opened the tab when introducting, and the next day the Queen was out of...