Meet the New Regent: A successful hive requeening

14 Jun

Last month, this bee hive near Albuquerque’s Nob Hill neighborhood was in dire straits. Queenless and eggless, the colony was on the brink of collapse when I requeened her with a virgin from Zia Queen Bee in northern NM.

It’s been three weeks since then and yesterday I popped open the hive to see what I could see. Did the queen die in her cage? Did she fly out for her sky orgy and get snatched by a bird? Did she start laying with sufficient skill to be accepted by the workers?

Here’s what I found…

Freshly capped brood as far as the eye can see

Meet the new queen!

And peace and prosperity reigned across the land…

[View photos of the requeening process]

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6 Responses to “Meet the New Regent: A successful hive requeening”

  1. caritrous June 14, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    The wonder of it all! So cool.

  2. wmstubblefield June 14, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    The new queen is lovely.

    I continue to be fascinated by the stories of these tiny creatures.

  3. Anna June 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    That is truly a beautiful brood frame. We love success!

  4. valerie June 18, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Wow, congrats on the success! I’m hoping that my re-queening results in the same goodness!

  5. milapostol June 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    When I saw that lovely oval of capped brood, I knew the re-queening had been successful. Congrats to the new queen and you.

  6. Sandy laws July 7, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    I am new at keeping bees but just love them. Quite interested in the wine making with honey. Great article in Sunset

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