Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Virgin Queens at Tŷ Hyll

Apidea with virgin(?) queen
Two mini hives, each containing a virgin queen and some workers, have been delivered to the woodlands at Tŷ Hyll to mate with local drones. Bees can be seen going in and out of these small hives but has the queen mated? 

We hope to find out in a week’s time when we check to see if she has started laying eggs; this normally happens three to four days after mating. This is highly skilled conservation work and there is an overview of what’s being done on the Ugly House (Tŷ Hyll) website.

If mating bees is not your thing, the home-baked scones with jam and cream are highly recommended!

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