Our 'buzzy' bee week continued today, with the last 'Advanced bee team' session of this year... and a special 'birth' in Year 4!
Year 4 were amazed to watch a Queen cell 'hatch' in front of their eyes in class! The Queen cells had been cut out of a hive in our 'out apiary' & brought in for the children to see... While the children were asking questions about the cells... one Queen began to emerge! To say we were a little bit excited, is an understatement! This new Queen has now been placed in an Apidea, a mini hive containing nurse bees to look after her every need! Hopefully her new mini 'family' will expand to be a full sized colony next year.
The advanced team used their fabulous queen spotting skills to find an elusive new queen in a nucleus hive, quickly spotted by Poppy, then expertly marked by Mason! Although this was the last advanced bee team session of the year, these dedicated beekeepers will be back during the summer holidays to care for our bees.