The queen bee is the leader of the hive. We sometimes think that she is the most important colony member, but according to Orkin, it is the worker bees who decide if the colony needs a new queen. Fred Boucher raises honey bees in his backyard and found a ball of bees under a mating nucleus colony of bees (or a nuc).
Fred had never seen anything like this before and could hear a high-pitched squealing coming from inside the ball. It didn’t take him long to realize that a queen bee was inside the ball. In the video, Fred will explain how a queen bee has to hatch its own nucleus colony of bees. He also takes apart the ball of bees with his bare hands.
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You may have to watch the video more than once because it is hard to follow his dialogue and read the captions and watch the bees all at once!
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