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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    22 September 2022
    The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in:
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    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 region.
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    26 August 2022
    National Bee Unit inspectors are carrying out enhanced surveillance near Chelmsford, in response to a compelling report of Asian hornet (Vespa velutina).

    Further information regarding the yellow-legged Asian hornet can be found on Defra's Asian Hornet sightings page and on BeeBase’s Asian hornet page. For media enquiries, please contact the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560

    We ask beekeepers to remain vigilant, record monitoring trap locations on BeeBase by logging in and updating their my apiaries page, report suspected sightings using the ‘Asian hornet Watch’ app for iPhone and Android, or the online reporting form.

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