I sealed some old frames after a bailey comb switch in a thick green bin bag. To store until I had made a homemade steamer to melt the wax out. This was left outside the bee shed.

Later, I walked around the corner to see a mass of bees. It seems I had caught the bag with the lawnmower making a hole in the corner. It appeared a small swarm was going in.

I managed to have time to have a look and was surprised to see one of my queens, marked with a clipped wing.

I have clipped all my queens this year. I am busy at work and if the weather is not kind when I am free from work I struggle to keep to the inspection timetable. I was expecting if I missed a swarm, the queens would drop and the workers return to the hive. At least that was the theory explained to me by an ancient bee keeper.

It became apparent Hive number 9 had no queen. Sealed queen cell and missing a queen fitting the description.

The clipped queenHow did she get 50 yards to the new box? Did she walk? The picture clearly shows she has a clipped wing?


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  • This week (13-19 July) is Bees’ Needs Week
    10 July 2020
    Bees’ Needs Week is a campaign co-ordinated by Defra to raise awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators, and to provide practical advice on what we can all do to support them. Many organisations are working together to encourage everyone who can, to do simple things at home - like growing more flowers and cutting grass less often - to help our precious pollinators thrive, and to engage further with nature through citizen science initiatives.
    There’s more information on the Bees’ Needs Website. Throughout the week a variety of content will be shared online including:
    • Why bees are important animation
    • Day in the life of a beekeeper video
    • Educational resources including bumble bee identification
    • Information on the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme
    Get involved with Bees’ Needs Week on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #BeesNeeds
  • New Presentations Online
    11 June 2020
    The National Bee Unit is pleased to share a range of presentations created by Fera Science Ltd. presented by Kirsty Stainton on;
    Asian Hornet Biology
    Asian Hornet Genetics
    European foulbrood

    The presentations can be found on BeeBases pages on Asian hornet and Foulbrood.
    Please do contact us with your feedback.
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    09 April 2020
    Scottish beekeepers; please read the attached information note from Scottish Government.

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