I think I saw a Queen

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by skrapper, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. skrapper

    skrapper New Member

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    The other day(Aug. 20, 2014) I think I saw a Queen leaving the hive. She was long and skinny. None of the other bees were paying any attention to her. The hive is a Warre' that I started early May. The hive has been very busy and by tapping on the boxes it sounds like 2 boxes are full. The third box doesn't sound as solid as the top two. The bottom box sound hollow. All summer the bees have been very gentle I could sit in a chair a couple feet from the entrance and the bees would just fly over my shoulder on their trips in and out. Last week I was stung so I moved the chair back to 6 ft. away. This morning I was stung again and was chased a short distance. Is the change in attitude plus seeing a maiden Queen leave a sign of overcrowding and a pending swarm?
     
  2. camero7

    camero7 Member

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    No, this time of year bees become more protective of the hive and the guard bees are more vigilant.
     

  3. ApisBees

    ApisBees Active Member

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    If you did see the queen leave the hive. It is to late the hive has already swarmed or superseded. Keeping bees in a Warre hive it is impossible to do a proper inspection to tell what is going on in the hive.
     
  4. skrapper

    skrapper New Member

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    That's what I was afraid of. I know it's hard to judge what's going on inside with out looking in. I've visited the hive almost everyday and there never seemed to be a decrease in entrance activity, only a rapid increase just before and since I saw the queen leave. The hive seems to be buzzing right along and I'm not prepared to deal with a swarm this season. I didn't think I'd have a swarm until next spring.