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

Inspections today revealed a dozen new queens laying following artificial swarms last month, but it’s too early to tell that they are mated. I already have a few queens laying and mated, but have 1 hive with a new queen drone laying (she didn’t get mated in time) so unfortunately the colony is doomed unless I intervene (cull the queen and replace her soon). The next few weeks will tell me if the ones seen laying today are okay (I really hope so, though the weather has not been helpful in this repsect – KP!).