What do honey bee eggs look like?

3 May

It’s what every beekeeper loves to see — fresh eggs in an uncertain hive.

The queen is a-laying.

For newbeeks, the black Ritecell foundation makes it easier to find eggs when hunting around your hive. In this case, the sign of a fertile queen is unmistakable.

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6 Responses to “What do honey bee eggs look like?”

  1. Gord May 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    Black foundation’s cheating! ;-)

    Any idea what the cell size is?

  2. mistress beek May 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    Hi Gord, I know I know! It’s true ;-) We only have a dozen or so frames with black foundation and use ‘em here and there in brood boxes. Don’t love plastic foundation but they were a great way to learn as a newbeek.

    And I think they’re large cells.

    • Gord May 4, 2010 at 4:19 am #

      I do have to admit that that’s a great way to help find them if you’re using foundation. Fresh eggs are incredibly difficult to find when starting out. I’ve discovered that finding eggs is like finding the queen: once you do spot them, it’s pretty obvious and not hard to keep finding them again. It was like training my eyes. :-)

      I’m not one of Dee Lusby’s small-cell disciples, but I do wonder about her results. We’ve found an amazing variety of cell sizes in our hives as well.

  3. mistress beek May 4, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    We have too… This year we’ve experimented with foundation-less frames and found that the girls will invariably (at least in the spring) build drone comb if given the freedom to create. All our foundation-less frames are being filled with drones as we speak.

    • Gord May 4, 2010 at 6:55 am #

      Yup, ours, too. We’re enjoying an early Spring here, so it’s nice to see the ladies able to get down to work. :-)

  4. karcuri13 May 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    I used black foundation for my first hive this year, and it definitely helped me out.

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