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Superseded queen I have a few mother daughter hives at this time of the year 

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22 minutes ago, jamesc said:

She might be a brand new varroa tolereant queen ?

I could sell you some of her daughter's .

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10 minutes ago, glynn said:

Superseded queen I have a few mother daughter hives at this time of the year 

I have this mother / daughter combo too often .

But the hive the new queen is in had no  queen cells . I had been hopping for the old queen to supersede so I had checked regularly . The old queen just stopped laying , then failed.

She must have come across on the frame of eggs and brood.

I did not realise a queenless hive would accept a new queen so easily without caging .

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10 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

I have this mother / daughter combo too often .

But the hive the new queen is in had no  queen cells . I had been hopping for the old queen to supersede so I had checked regularly . The old queen just stopped laying , then failed.

She must have come across on the frame of eggs and brood.

I did not realise a queenless hive would accept a new queen so easily without caging .

How certain are you the hive was queenless ?

 

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31 minutes ago, M4tt said:

How certain are you the hive was queenless ?

 

Hmm.

Old , previous summer ,queen marked red last seen end of May .

No eggs or brood .

When I put the frame of eggs in 2 weeks ago I had another look for queen  And could not see her .

The queen I found in the top box on the two frames of brood was unmarked and quite yellow .

Old queen was bronze.

I will go back in a week and have a good look for old queen and open queen cells .

Who knows , new queen might have been there all along but took a while to lay .

Maybe being in a  hakea honey flow encouraged her to lay .

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44 minutes ago, M4tt said:

How certain are you the hive was queenless ?

 

Also the two hives are a mother and daughter hive that have always been side by side and I have regularly swapped frames between the two.

I have mostly brushed off the bees but there has been mixing .

Maybe they have developed some sort of tolerant relationship .

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20 hours ago, cBank said:

 

If anything I think it’s been colder - at least according to the MetService. Have a look down the bottom of the page (historic data). That said, my temperature gauge outside the house doesn’t ever match what the MetService says has happened or is going to happen.

 

https://www.metservice.com/towns-cities/christchurch/christchurch-city

yeah but I dont live in chch city, im way out west... and so far its been quite wet but doesnt seem as cold as normal... not yet anyway, the grass is still growing and needs a mow again

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@Rashika You taking a bike to US or do you keep one over there ?

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13 minutes ago, yesbut said:

@Rashika You taking a bike to US or do you keep one over there ?

the bike is there now... they unpacked them all yesterday, seems they survived the trip quite well.

My two friends are heading up to canada this week and then i catch up a bit later in the midwest... then its sturgis rally! amongst all the ticky touring over mountains and through deserts, its gonna be a blast! ???

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2 hours ago, Rashika said:

then its sturgis rally!

Ah yes, tractor debauchery

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Nice to see drone brood and drones back in hives 

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35 minutes ago, glynn said:

Nice to see drone brood and drones back in hives 

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And the queen in photo 2.  She is inspecting her drone brood.

 

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57 minutes ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

 

And the queen in photo 2.  She is inspecting her drone brood.

 

Laying more 

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This girl is getting on the dark side but brood is goodIMG_20180718_144223.thumb.jpg.bb1bc728ddb5f02ca58356c4172f08d5.jpg

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I am the fat little buzzy bee-man, I rub honey on my bum.

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You also may have left you device open 

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13 hours ago, Chris Highman said:

I am the fat little buzzy bee-man, I rub honey on my bum.

oh sticky bum then is it

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WARNING - GROSSNESS ATTACHED!

 

WARNING - GROSSNESS ATTACHED!

 

This mouse was obviously skinnier when it squeezed in through the nucleus entrance disk?

I was expecting the bees to be dead but upon opening the lid I was greeted with live bees and feed still in the frames.

 

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What a miserable way to die! Pooh Bear was lucky.

Good to see your nucs thriving.

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I've seen manuka flowering around here for perhaps one month to six weeks and I was out and about today and saw large area's in flower.  Season over ?

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2 hours ago, CraBee said:

I've seen manuka flowering around here for perhaps one month to six weeks and I was out and about today and saw large area's in flower.  Season over ?

Are the bees in it ,  Or is it too cold for honey .

I have a pink Manuka flowering  and the bees were thick in it today .

 

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I do not think there is any nectar in those manuka flowers at the moment. Too cold for that.

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Hummmm, now there's the $$$$ question! It's been a crazy season here, there Manuka flowering in the "cold" country at the moment.

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22 minutes ago, Bron said:

Hummmm, now there's the $$$$ question! It's been a crazy season here, there Manuka flowering in the "cold" country at the moment.

I have some rhodos half  flowering now . 

When they flower prematurely the display is never very good .

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