Better Late than Never

The BeeHolder, Summer 2013

Readers may be interested to note that some of the behaviours seen in colonies during 2012 were not as unprecedented as we had thought. We saw queens being very slow to come into lay last year; the following is an extract from ‘The Essex Beekeeper’ of September 2000, regarding Shetland queens: “In 1999, as soon as drone cells were produced in early May, queen rearing commenced. ...the first queen began to lay 5-6 weeks after hatching and that seemed to set the pattern for the year. None laid before 5 weeks. The last one took the biscuit though – she started laying eight weeks after hatching and her pattern is excellent. There must be more to this than meets the eye!”

Thanks to Cheshire BKA and ebees