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queencage

queencage

Check that the queen is alive (can you find her?). Then remove the metal plate (facing my hand), exposing the hole through which the bees can chew out (through the candy) and release the queen. Some people push a nail through the candy in this hole to acccelerate the chewing through, others leave it alone. The hole away from my hand was plugged by a cork. Put this cage between two frames, leaving the sugar side up -- this way dead workers inside will not block the hole, which is facing up. Photo by Zachary Huang.

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