Advertisement
Online Test Banks
Score higher
See Online Test Banks
eLearning
Learning anything is easy
Browse Online Courses
Mobile Apps
Learning on the go
Explore Mobile Apps
Dummies Store
Shop for books and more
Start Shopping

Finding the Queen Bee

Part of the Beekeeping For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Every colony needs a queen so you need to find her in every inspection. Many new beekeepers have difficulty finding the queen. Remember, a large, well-bred queen is easier to see than many of the small queens which result from swarming or emergency replacement by the colony.

You may need to find the queen so that you can:

  • Mark her to make her easier to find at future inspections.

  • Determine that your colony definitely has a queen. Of course, if you miss her but you see eggs you know she is there.

  • Make a nucleus, either queenless or queenright.

  • Make an artificial swarm.

  • Make two hives from one.

  • Restrict her to a particular area such as a Jenter comb box in order to produce larvae of a known age for grafting.

  • Remove her prior to introducing a new queen or queen cell.

  • Remove her as an emergency measure to delay a colony from swarming.

  • Add a Comment
  • Print
  • Share
blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement
Advertisement

Inside Dummies.com

Dummies.com Sweepstakes

Win an iPad Mini. Enter to win now!