This spring I had the pleasure of having my friend Dereck, and his 9 year old son Evan, join me for a queen inspection.  It is always fun to be able to show kids an active hive and see their eyes go wide as saucers when they are eye to eye with 30,000 – 50,000 honey bees!

My friend Derek and his son Emet join us for an early spring inspection

My friend Dereck and his son Evan join us for an early spring queen inspection.

This inspection was to see if the queens I installed a few weeks ago were producing brood.  One of the things I look for is pollen being hauled into the hives.  This can be observed at the hive entrance.  See the pollen on the back legs of two of the bees pictured below?

Honeybees bringing in pollen

Honeybees bringing in pollen!

Inside the hive, I look for eggs, larvae or even capped brood.  Here is a picture I took of some capped brood.  If you could see into the cells, you would also see some larvae. This queen is producing well!

brood

Healthy capped brood with worker bees in attendance.  Go girls, go!

Looks like a really good start to the 2016 season.

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