The first Open Apiary of 2018 was held on the 12th May at William Crooks'.  The main objective was to find and mark two Queens.  William, assisted by Steve Fearn, who brought one of his own hives over the previous day, were able to find one of the queens.  The weather held out and we were treated to tea and cakes on the patio.

Are we all here?

Then lead on ...

The first hive is cracked open.  The super is placed in front of the hive to attract returning foraging bees.
"Ok take out the first frame. Just like that"
Not much here and no queen
Still no queen but two queen cups (possible cells for rearing queens) ...
fortunately both empty.
Still no queen.
Steve sees Varroa when he breaks open a drone cell and suggests that the Varroa may be contributing to the state colony.  Treatment with Apiguard is agreed.
Apiguard is applied and the hive closed with out the super to prevent tainting of any honey.
And on the the second hive.

Again the super is placed in front of the brood box

 

Eggs in frame so queen is in hive (probably)

 

A newish frame being draw and filled

 

There she is...

 

Got her ...

 

Let the workers out

 

And mark the queen.

 

While we are here let's clip one of her wings.

 

Just the tip is all it needs.

 

Suddenly! Whats that!  Steve spots (and dispatches) a waxworm larvae.

 

On the other side of the frame. The short run of uncapped white cells is evidence of waxworm tunneling below and feeding on the bee larvae.
All done.  The hive is strapped for transporting.  The mesh in the crown board is to prevent the bees overheating while traveling in a vehicle.