Thursday, 7 July 2011

Hive Inspection 6 July

It stopped raining just in time for our second maintenance check. Julie and Denn were in attendance (Denn, chief photographer). We managed to see sealed (which can be seen in the centre of the photograph) and un sealed brood. There was also capped and uncapped honey stores (the sealed can be seen in the bottom corner). We didnt see the queen this time but we did see eggs which were laid about 3 days ago and the bees were calm so we were confident she was there. The bees still have not moved into the new frames, we made but a quick call to Martin our bee expert who confirmed it might take them a little longer to move over. I went down this morning and gave them some more bee food (for energy and hopefully comb building) and sprayed the new frames with the syrup to encourage them explore. If you have any questions or comments please post them!


  1. That's a brilliant photo!

    How long do the new eggs take to hatch, and how many eggs should the queen be laying every day?

  2. When an egg is first laid it is verticalin the cell, after about 3 days it can be seen laying across the bottom of the cell where the larva hatches.The shiny white larva is fed by the other bees and grows fatter until the cell is capped at between 7-10 days. If its a female worker bee it takes 21 days for the adult bee to emerge, 24 days for the larger male drone and just 16 days for a queen.
    At the height of the summer the queen bee can lay up to 2000 eggs per day.