I sealed some old frames after a bailey comb switch in a thick green bin bag. To store until I had made a homemade steamer to melt the wax out. This was left outside the bee shed.

Later, I walked around the corner to see a mass of bees. It seems I had caught the bag with the lawnmower making a hole in the corner. It appeared a small swarm was going in.

I managed to have time to have a look and was surprised to see one of my queens, marked with a clipped wing.

I have clipped all my queens this year. I am busy at work and if the weather is not kind when I am free from work I struggle to keep to the inspection timetable. I was expecting if I missed a swarm, the queens would drop and the workers return to the hive. At least that was the theory explained to me by an ancient bee keeper.

It became apparent Hive number 9 had no queen. Sealed queen cell and missing a queen fitting the description.

The clipped queenHow did she get 50 yards to the new box? Did she walk? The picture clearly shows she has a clipped wing?


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  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy
    23 September 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy advertised in:

    •  East England: Norfolk.
    •  North West England: West Yorkshire.
    •  North East Wales: Flintshire, Denbighshire & Wrexham.
    •  Mid-South Wales: Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil.

    If you are interested in applying for these jobs, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs 


    If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the Regional Bee Inspector for the area.
  • Asian Hornet Week
    10 September 2021
    6-10 September is Asian Hornet Week
    Two new presentations on the Asian hornet diet and Asian hornet nests in the UK by Dr Eleanor Jones are now available.
    Please report sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone or Android or report it here.
  • Asian Hornet Week
    09 September 2021
    6-10 September is Asian Hornet Week
    See the Hunt for Asian hornets blog by Meg Seymour and Gordon Bull here
    Please report sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone or Android or report it here.