You also don't want to wear anything too baggy so bees don't get under your clothes. Unfortunately the hunching and bending over with the tight clothes doesn't necessarily highlight the best features of one's figure. I am not immune to the universal woman's opinion that she looks fat in every picture. And honestly I was focused on not dropping the 3,000+ bees all over my yard over and nothing else. So I am shelving my vanity in order to share our exciting experience of putting the bees into our very first hive! I can however promise that I will be looking for a more flattering and useful bee outfit for the next photo shoot.
Many thanks to our friend Michelle who is another fellow beekeeper and came over to provide moral support, expertise, coaching and photographer. All of these pictures are courtesy of her. Michelle are you sure you aren't a professional photographer? My camera could never take photos with this wonderful detail.
Introducing Queen Victoria, yes we named our queen.
Placing the queen cage in the hive, you can see the duct tape holding it next to a frame. The queen is in a cage because she is not the original hive's queen. She and the hive need time to take on each other's scent and then the worker bees will accept her. During this time the bees will eat away at the candy and by the time they eat through it everyone should be loving on each other! I will take the queen cage out sometime next week.
The happy couple and their hive filled with bees!