I spent some time at the apiary as, not only am I half way through the process of raising a new colony, I am expecting a visit from the beekeeping club on Sunday. Having removed the queen and some bees from her colony to create a new one last Monday, the hive that she came from has to raise a new queen. There are already sealed queen cells in there, allegedly with pupating queens inside them, though a speaker I heard recently commented that bees have a sense of humour and often entomb a live worker in them, the poor worker is head down and can’t escape so will die after a day or two. It is vitally important that you only leave one queen cell in a colony and it must be viable. Leave two and one of them will leave taking half your bees with her, leave just one that happens to have a dead worker in it and you have a queenless colony. So one of the tasks on Sunday is to remove all sealed queen cells, and all others apart from one containing a nice fat juicy larva who will grow into the new queen. With a rapidly reducing number of larvae in the hive (all the brood is quickly growing up) the workers have nothing to do for the few weeks, until there is a new young queen laying lots of eggs, but to make honey. The hive is already filling up and I will have to give them another honey box before going on holiday next week.
Anyway, back to the important business, today is Flower Friday and the Friday theme on another forum is "a single flower"; I don’t suppose that BikerBear who is the perennial FF host will quibble that, being a member of what we used to call the compositae family, this dandelion is actually a few dozen florets.