- Jun 8, 2020
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Any other brood/eggs in there? Do you use upper entrances? Sounds like there’s a Q up there…Just back from inspecting a hive that had been going like the clappers. Last week, found several qc so took the queen and a couple of frames of brood away in a nuc and cut down to one qc. Today went in to cut out any extra qc and found 4, all now gone. This hive has 4 supers, 3 of which are in the process of being capped off (I said they were going like the clappers). I just pulled a frame on the second super to see how they were getting on with capping it over and there was a sealed qc staring at me. I then went through every frame in every super and removed 5 in various states of development from supers 2 and 3. I've read about people seeing this and it being thought it was laying workers - but I would say they were qc. One had a great fat larvae and was flooded with royal jelly. I guess they can move eggs around.
What a shame, but well done and I hope it turns out well.Got a call for a swarm from the centre of town, swarm in the road, got there as quick as I could. It was pretty much carnage dead bees all down the road like someone had driven thro a dollop of paint only bees. Sadly her Maj copped it too. No bother, picked up her remains and laid her to rest on the topbars and then watched as the survivors marched in two by two.
Off to my quarantine apiary, nicked a frame of bias from a different hive and the wait begins.