Thursday, May 13, 2010

Another Look Inside a Hive

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The other day, we did an inspection of the Elizabeth Taylor hive. I spotted larval bees, and finally saw eggs. Bees' eggs are so insanely tiny that you really have to have good eyes, and an ability to see minute variations in pattern.

What we didn't notice at the time, but spotted later on my photographs was the colony's queen.




I've labeled this photograph, so you can examine the queen, a drone (or male bee), and some other features.

To read about hive inspections, click here. If you have questions, I'll try to answer them. I've been going on and on about bees on the blog lately, and I'm not sure if I've been clear or confusing.

5 comments:

Thomas said...

The labels are great! I can never tell what's going on in there.

Town Mouse said...

Your posts are very interesting and I'm almost tempted... but no, too much going on already.

Regardless, keep it up. I think it's fascinating. I read blogs to learn new stuff, mostly.

Christine said...

So nice to have it all sorted out. Half the time, someone points out a bee among the chaos and the response I give to "Do you see it?" ends up being "Uh....maybe." more often than not! This time I see it! Thank you!

The Gillespie Tribe said...

Your bee blogs are absolutely fascinating! Thanks for sharing all the info =o) I think you are doing a wonderful job of conveying all the info on the life and times of the bees =o)

Byddi - We didn't come here for the grass... said...

I love how you have labeled the photo. It really unveils the secret life of bees!

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