Beginning Beekeeping

Everything you need to know to become an enthusiastic beekeeper !

Honey Bee On Flower

Video of Queen Being 'Balled' In

The Beekeeper's Hand

[Balled meaning the bees are trying to kill her for a reason]

Video is compliments of the President of The Plymouth County Beekeepers Association in Massachusetts

When a new queen is available, the workers will kill the reigning queen by "balling" her, colloquially known as the "cuddle death"; clustering tightly around her until she dies from overheating. This overheating method is also used to kill large predatory wasps that enter the hive in search of food and may be used against a foreign queen attempting to take over an existing colony. Balling is often a problem for beekeepers attempting to introduce a replacement queen.

Updated January 4, 2017

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