As I took it of i saw the bees had not begun to draw out the Honey Super. Oh well!. I started removing the frames from the top brood box. Lots of bees, lots of capped brood cells, & lots of drone cells. To look for eggs I had to push the bees around on the frames to see into the cells. I was also looking for the Queen of course. I meant to locate then isolate her before i took any frames for the nuc.
It didn't take long. Queen Myrina was in the top box on frame #5. Not the blue marked VSH daughter from 2010 but a new Unmarked queen! Whoa! I grabbed the marking tube from the tool box and chased her around the frame for a few seconds before i managed to catch her. She was laid to the side for later. Then I took the frame she was on and the 3 adjacent frames and put them in the Nuc; they had plenty of eggs. I put an extra honey frame in the nuc and it was full. A towel was placed over the nuc while I finished up with Myrina.
All 4 frames were replaced with drawn crimped-wire frames saved from Duchess. The remaining brood frames were checker-boarded some what to move the end frames into the brood nest. Then I marked queen Myrina with a white marker and let the paint dry for a minute. After which she was released back onto a brood frame.
|The New Queen Myrina|
|A Nuc from both Hives|
The New Queen Myrina. The last time I saw the blue marked 2010 queen was in October. Yet all spring there has been plenty of brood. I feel like she may have been replaced after the boxes were reversed. I couldnt have been last year since it would have been to late for drones to be around. There was also no problem with egg laying early this year. There was a slow down after the reversal. I assumed it was related to the reversal but it may have been when the supersedure occurred; or she died and was replaced. I havent seen any queen cells yet this year. A full inspection is in order now.
The good news is that Myrina is requeened. I'll not worry as much about her swarming now. The new queen performance is Fantastic. The brood frames were filled from edge to edge with brood. The pattern was completely solid. Possibly the best looking brood frames I've ever seen. I hope the queen in Nuc#2 ends up the same.
On a final note the beekeeping neighbor and I both noticed TONS of drone cells in our hives this weekend. Almost entire frames of them. All our queens are local to this area. I hope it is normal for here but I do not recall so many drone cells before.