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

One colony last week had a laying queen and a single sealed queen cell which I dared to leave alone. Tonight the queen cell was gone and there before me was the old queen still laying and being courted. Almost next to her scurrying around and clearly feisty another queen! But on meeting the two seemed happy to accept each other. Mum is dark, daughter queen quite orange by comparison. I may be wrong but I am guessing in the weeks ahead mum disappears. We shall see and I will let you know.
This is only the second time I have seen this and I reached for my camera, what a picture! But I had not got my camera!! Never mind my phone takes good pictures, the phone I always carry- but tonight I had left on the bed at home!!!