A few hundred queen bees in cages, ready to be sent through the mail to beekeepers in the north. Several hundred thousand bees fly at 30,000 feet every spring. Don't blame them if they arrive tired!
A queen pupae, about three days before she would have emerged from her cell. The queen cell is similar to a butterfly's cocoon, though made of beeswax. The cell hangs vertically in the hive. When the time is right, the new queen bee chews away the tip of the cell and crawls out to face the world.
Here the beekeeper is raising many queen cells in a finishing hive. The hive is kept strong by adding frames of young nurse bees which will feed the new queen larvae. The hive is also helped by supplemental pollen feed, which is visible on the tops of the frames.
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