07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

On my inspections list today I had to check some hives to see if the new queens were laying and properly mated: after the season so far I was filled with trepidation.
There is no more beautiful site though than to see normal brood in all stages, and then catch site of the NEW queen herself. This was really good to see today, to blow away my other concerns!
One queen however decided to cause a stir by hiding on the crown board, then make her “appearance” as I closed up the hive and lead me a merry dance crawling over my hands; then taking a short flight down onto the top of the frames before disappearing down into her brood. Bit of a heart stopping moment!