Thursday, May 27, 2010
I cut some comb out of both hives on the same day that David and I saw Artemis's queen being carried up the side of the Boardman-type feeder by one of the worker bees.
A large larva.
All of these specimens came from a piece of comb that was about the size of large walnut in the shell.
I now have a dish with bees in various stages of metamorphosis on the dining room table.
These larvae look rather scary. Why are they black? Not actually black, more of a very dark brown. Do you know why they are this color? Let me know, would you please?
05/29/10 - I showed this piece of comb to my bee teacher Gary while he was working his stand at the Proctor Farmers Market. He said that the larvae had died - due to cold - and that they are dark because they are decomposing. I'm sorry about that but am happy that that's the reason and not some dreaded bee disease.
I opened the capped cell on the lower right edge and this is what I found...
... a perfect little bee.