Queen mating hive success


The queen mating nuc I made a couple of months ago and then added a Queen cell to has produced a fully mated queen.


She is a lovely dark queen which has now been marked and added to a queenless nuc hive.



from next year i will be selling locally raised and mated queens.

Queen bees


I did a hive inspection today and took these queen pic’s in three of my hives


Each is a different queen


Queen bees mating flight


I was lucky enough to see this rare event of one of my virgin queen bees  returning back to the hive from a mating flight (hopefully not a virgin now) she only ever leaves the hive on her mating flight or when she leaves with a swarm so may be only two or three outings fomr the hive in her lifetime.

Median wasp (Dolichovespula media)


The second largest British social wasp species. D. media was first recorded in 1980 in Sussex, since when it has spread over all of England and Wales, and much of southern Scotland. It has a short life cycle, with nests finishing in August.

Nests are aerial and generally exposed, usually hanging from trees or bushes.

Key features
The workers generally resemble other yellow and black social wasps
almost black colour forms are often encountered with greatly reduced yellow banding on the abdomen.
All castes have yellow markings on the top and front-sides of the thorax which are said to resemble the NIKE logo, or when viewed from above look like two back-to-back, or mirrored, number 7’s.
Similar species
Queen median wasps are sometimes mistaken for hornets (Vespa crabro) due to sharing some red coloration, but hornets lack any yellow markings on the thorax. Hornets also lack the deep black coloration of the median wasp and other species of social wasp…..BWARS


There Is some great  information on the fact sheet below



I have posted before a Median wasp but it was unlike this one so it seems it was a male which are again different than a queen or worker. See post below

Male Median wasp