Kate, Neil, David, Martin and Nigel started the Cup Kit method on Saturday. All they needed to do was to find the queen and place her in the cartridge then into the hive. Simple?
No. As usual the queen mother seemed to know what was about to happen and developed ninja skills. Even with many pairs of eyes the lady was not for being found and eventually they had to resort to smoking all the bees through a queen excluder to isolate her. Using the "one handed catcher" she was finally apprehended and secured before being beautifully marked.
Now safely in the cartridge in the hive she should have laid up the cells nicely and the bees should be attending to the eggs.
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