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Long Live the Queen!

No matter how long you keep bees when checking your hives you never lose your excitement when you locate the queen. She is the life blood of a successful hive and seeing her and the results of her efforts, lots of capped brood, is always an encouragement! This photo was taken in the summer of 2017 in one of my hives and she was a “laying machine.” Now that we are in the brittle cold winter she has all but shut down laying and her workers are doing all they can to keep her warm and survive. Making sure there is enough food and keeping the interior of the hive dry is key to overwintering.

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