Bees need to read more

Our local beekeeper club has a neat little colony with three frames behind glas in an open air museum.

But I guess those bees didn’t read the same books as I did…

Looks like they are preparing to supersede the marked queen :wink:

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I wondered if the new one didn’t lay eggs yet, so they still tolerated the old one. But looking at which of them gets more attention from the female workers I’d say you are right.

It was still surprising to see :-).


Your photograph is beautiful in showing the attention that the nurse bees are paying to the new queen (all head-in around her), whilst largely ignoring the marked queen. Great illustration of hive politics! :blush: