June 18, 2008

Playtime!

The day after being hived (completely), we noticed a bunch of bees hovering in front of the hive. They were sort of floating there, looking at the hive but not going in. Turns out this is called playtime, and it's the bees studying their new home so they'll recognize it when they return from foraging.

BTW, it's Day 21 and, estimating that the queen was able to start laying eggs on Day 3, new bees should be emerging any day now. Worker bees are eggs for 3 days, larvae for 6, and pupae for 12. The cell they are in is "capped" during the pupal stage, and the bee has to chew the wax cap off to emerge. I'm really hoping to see capped brood on our next inspection.

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