Carniolan bee (Apis mellifera Carnica) in Slovenia

Janez GREGORI

Janez POKLUKAR

Janez MIHELIČ

     5.2.5.1

Introducing the queen under a protective net

The queen is introduced to the colony with the aid of a net frame, which is approximately 10 x 10 cm, covered on one side with a net and on the other pointed tacks by which the frame is attached to the comb. We look for a comb with an emerging brood in the colony, remove all the bees, drop the queen onto the brood and immediately cover her with the frame. The queen will be alone with the emerging workers. These will clean the comb, in which the queen will start to lay eggs. When we check this method of acceptance after a few days, we remove the frame. Usually the bees have themselves made space under the frame and released the queen. Various plastic nets can also be used for introducing queens.

 

 

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