First queens emerging 2015

The queens from the first grafts carried out on 1st May should be emerging on Wednesday 13th May. The cells will be placed into Apideas with a cupful of bees tomorrow 12th May. Mating flights should take place from about 20th may onwards, weather permitting.
The next batch of grafted queens is due to emerge on 21st May.

About Jonathan Getty

Jonathan Getty is a member of the Belfast & District branch of the Ulster Beekeepers Association and is at least a fourth generation beekeeper in the Getty family. His main beekeeping interest is queen rearing based on our native bee Apis mellifera mellifera. He started up the Belfast Minnowburn queenrearing group several years ago and it now has about 50 active members. He also manages about 30-40 colonies of his own. Jonathan holds a BSc Hons in Psychology from Queens University Belfast and gained a postgraduate teaching qualification at Stranmillis Training College. He is a fluent Spanish speaker.
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