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Our queen bee died

10 Apr

My husband tried capturing a wild bee hive a few months ago. With the help of his brother, they built a beehive to capture and trap the bees living in an oak tree one block from our house. After a few months, multiple bee stings, and no luck, he decided to visit a local apiary instead, and bought a hive with a queen bee.

This was the maiden voyage home:

Unfortunately 10 days later, the queen bee died for unknown reasons. There are no signs of new eggs or larvae in the hive. We have approximately one to two weeks to replace another queen or the entire hive will die. This was really disappointing. We’ve been looking forward to warm weather and finally having our own bees in the yard to pollinate the garden. Hopefully, the next queen we buy will survive and our garden will continue to flourish.