Topic Fourteen - Queen Problems

Objectives
  1. To understand the importance of the Queen in a hive
  2. To understand what happens when the hive does not have a queen
  3. To recognize when a hive no longer has a healthy queen
  4. To learn how to fix a queenless hive


Key Words:

Supercedure – when the bees raise a new queen to replace their old one.

Supercedure Cell – a queen cell usually found in the middle of the frame. This tells you the bees are replacing their queen. These are different from swarm cells. Swarm cells hang from the bottom of the frame. (Swarm cell, topic 13).

iDevice icon Reflection: Questions to think about during the lesson
How do I know if there is a queen in my hive?
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What should I do if my hive does not have a queen?
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How will I know if my hive has a virgin queen?
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What should I do if my hive has a virgin queen?
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How do I know if my queen needs to be replaced?
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Why should I re-queen my hives?
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When should I re-queen my hives?
Activity: Think- Pair- Share
  1. Think quietly about why you think the queen is important in the hive. Then write in your exercise books at least three reasons why you think the queen is important in the hive.
  2. When your teacher tells you to, turn to the person behind and talk about your answers.
  3. Be ready to share your answers with the class.

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