Did you know that...

  • ...about 90 U.S. crops depend on bees for pollination?
  • ...many hives are trucked from region to region for pollination purposes?
  • ...honeybee health is threatened by, among other things, mites?

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Eggs, Eggs and More Eggs!

More Eggs!
Originally uploaded by techmeister
For a thriving hive, upon inspection you must be able to visualize EGGS! Once the queen has laid the egg in the bottom of the cell, as seen here many times over, it is only an egg for three days. After that, it has developed into the larval stage.

Therefore, while inspecting the frames in your hive, if you don't find eggs it means that the queen has not been present and laying for at least three days. This is not good. You must re-queen right away in order to maintain the essential life cycle within the colony.

This is tremendous photography of what you want to see each and every time you open your hive. If you've never seen them before, the eggs are those little white rice-like things standing up in the bottoms of those otherwise empty cells. Only one egg per cell is allowed!

Signing off,

Bees Keeper

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