Thursday, April 5, 2012

Beekeeping: Releasing the Queen

On Tuesday the beekeepers removed the queen from the cage where she was held during transportation. It takes a while for the group of bees to accept their queen, but once everything looks copasetic, it's game time and the beekeeper can remove her and introduce her to her kingdom. Here are some pictures from this coronation ceremony of sorts. ; )  

The husband lighting the smoker with pine needles. (which heat up fast.)

smoking out the bees.

the beekeepers (wearing their version of beekeeping clothes- i.e. clothes they don't mind having bee poo all over!)

The queen is in her cage which was stapled to the screen on Sunday.

Unfortunately we don't have a picture of the queen, since I had to stay away and continue wrangling our toddler from running towards the excitement. She'll learn, but not today!

Then on Wednesday my brother took these AMAZING images of the bees returning loaded up with Pollen! Dam their awesome!!!

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