Finding the queen is always exciting for me..but I’m really easy to please. Ha! We managed to get a decent picture of her this time. She is the larger bee surrounded by worker bees in the middle of the photo.
Queens don’t rule the colony, just populate it. She can lay up to 1500 eggs a day in spring to build the colony up for summer. If the workers don’t like the queen, they will get rid of her and produce another one. The power in all in the ‘hands’ of the workers. Oh man, if only politics worked like this! Take note, guys: Ladies really know how to get stuff done.