Another Smoke Test
Today, I visited Christi B.’s apiary. We saw some fascinating things, a few of which were different than what I saw at Alan’s, and I got some more pictures.
Christi keeps some of her bees at a neat small farm in DeSoto, a few miles south of Dallas.
We got to see purple-eyed drone brood, which is meaningful in determining their developmental stage.
All hail the Queen!
This hive was very strong, and had lots of queen cups. I couldn’t see an egg in any of them, but the hive was definitely preparing for a reproductive swarm.
I finally got a shot that shows the egg (very center, lower left, center bottom) and also some small open brood. The puddle of goo they’re sitting in is royal jelly.
Great pics on the inner workings of a bee hive. I kept bees a very long time ago – until I developed a bee and wasp phobia. 🙁