Overlooking the fact that this is a terrible photograph, it’s still something I wanted to share, for it’s naturalistic importance. This is from the bee hut at the Harford Fair, where a hive is on display in a plexiglass enclosure to show the whole social aspect that most of us never get to see. It’s fascinating to watch them, but for all the years I’ve been going to the Fair, I’ve never gotten a look at the queen bee.
Well, here she is – that large bee partially buried in the center of the frame. One of the bee hut experts pointed it out to me; I’m not sure if I’d have seen it on my own. Based just on the size of the queen I’d probably never find her, but the easier method would probably be to look for the attendant bees. They’ve formed a complete ring around the queen, seeing to her every need, which is pretty distinctive visually.
At any rate, something cool to see, even if it’s a lackluster photo.