May 30, 2015

Queen rearing class with Jeff Eckel from Instar Apiaries. Jeff manages the bees at the Wyck House and a few other locations and has lots of experience rearing Varroa Sensitive Hygenic bees. In this class we grafted 24hr old larva (hatches after 3 days as egg) into queen cells and primed them with royal jelly from a dropper. Suprisingly, the queen bars and cells can be handled upside down and will not fall out. One must take care to keep the larva moist while handling and completing the grafting process.

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