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Last night was “operation new bees.” Everything was ready. The bee yard is wired for bears and the hives clean and ready for the new colony.


Alice was the overseer of the preparations. Wilson checked the hive stands.


Jodi kept my package of bees for a week, while they were introduced to their new monarch and started to settle. We arrived with our hive body to receive the five frames of bees and carefully made the transfer into the box. The move went well and soon we were on the road. I worried about anything interrupting our trip home with thousands of irritated insects in the back of my car.


Transferring the frames


All went well and this morning I was up early to load them up with sugar-water and make sure they were comfortable as the sun warmed their entrance.

The queens this year are marked with blue…so pretty and easy to spot!


Queen in the lower right corner


17 comments on “Long live the Queen!

  1. Doppleganger says:

    How exciting! Alice did a great job!

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    1. She was very unhappy to be tied to the tree, such an insult! But she is a sneaky little devil and will chase off after wildlife. Bees are happy!


  2. Nolsie says:

    All good so far, fingers crossed!

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    1. Thanks Mark. They seem to be settling in nicely!


  3. cheryl622014 says:

    “newbees!”Lovely. appropro to absolutely nothing except Alice, my sister gave me lovely card with a picture just like Alice to wish me happy birthday…wonder what she was saying?

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    1. Muttering away in Chinese as usual I suspect!

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  4. I hope the bears find a honey tree!

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    1. Thanks Allen. With 6 strands of high-tension electric fence I doubt they will try for my hives again!!


  5. Touring NH says:

    Welcome home new queen and entourage! Happy bee keeping!

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    1. Thank you Laura! Here’s to honey in the fall!!

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  6. Me and the honey in my tea thank you for your stewardship. Earl Grey isn’t the same without its sweet partner!

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    1. Thanks Susan! Hoping for a small harvest in the fall!!


  7. Marie Keates says:

    How exciting. I hope they’ve settled in well.

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    1. I am checking them every chance I get. By now I can just hear them saying, “Oh lord! Here she comes again with that camera!!”

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  8. julieallyn says:

    Awesome! Love the shot of Alice.

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    1. She wanted to know who this new Queen was and if it meant she was no longer the reigning monarch…Thanks Julie!

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