The process of removing the queen and letting the colony go queenless and raise a new queen interupts the Varroa Mite reproductive cycle. More importantly this break in the honey bee brood cycle has the Varroa mites exposed on the comb or bees for a period of several days. This is an opportune time to apply Varroa mite treatments. Understanding this vulnerablility of the mite will make any treatment more effective to reduce mite numbers.

queen removed = Day 0 last eggs laid,
bees select 1 day old larva (Day -3),
Day 8-13 introduce new queen cell from other source if desired,
Day 13-16 queen emerges and destroys other queen cells
Day 21-24 the last of the workers and drones emerge
Day 21 start sugar dusting cycle of every 3 days for 10 days window to capture mites that have no brood,
Day 30 check for eggs,
Day 35 check for larva.
A colony with queen removed on 12-15 AUG will have emerging brood on 1-4 OCT.

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NewBees Corner


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Watching the 10 day weather forecasts? Spring is upon us! The maples are blooming, that purple stuff is coming up all over my yard, the bees are bring in pollen and surely some nectar. The 15 day forecast has the daytime temps in the 50's, 60's and even 70's and more importantly the nighttime temps are in the 40's and 50's. Those colonies are going to start building up. Time to get busy. Two hive manipulations to consider in these next couple of weeks are "Opening the Broodnest" and/or "Rotating Hive Bodies". If opening/expanding the brood nest I would caution to start slowly here in March but become familiar with the technique and get more agressive in April and May. Another thing to consider is adding supers at this time. A good discussion of adding supers early is given by Walt Wright in "Nectar Management 101". Here we go!