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Bee Update

Friday, August 28th 2015

Unfortunately over the recent weeks our bee numbers have been dwindling. This is because we have had a hive without a queen. What happened to her we can only guess but the most probable cause is that she went out for a mating flight and was then predated or didn’t find her way back. So our bee keepers came today to re-introduce our old queen back to the hive. She had been happily building up her brood in another hive. So we took the observation hive apart paying careful attention to blocking up the holes to stop the visitors centre becoming full of bees.

Then we had to remove the old bees that will be taken to another hive and slowly introduced to them.

We then put our old queen back into the observation hive with a lot of her workers and frames containing stores and brood.

The observation hive was then brought back into the visitors centre and placed back where it belongs with the bees inside. The queen that has been brought back is the one we had a few months ago with a blue spot on her back meaning it is much easier to identify her.

We would once again like to thank our bee keepers Alison and Allister. It is only due to their continued support that we have a thriving observation bee hive at Foxglove.

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