colonies are starting to build up

I was able to have a very quick look at a few colonies in a spell of warmer weather at the weekend and all had some worker brood.
A colony with a queen entering her 4th season had a decent patch of worker brood so it is nice to see that some queens are still surviving to a decent age in spite of the queen longevity problems being widely reported. This queen was a late September supersedure in 2012.

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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