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Inside the hive. New combs are white - you can see the dark honey in some of them. The really dark comb is some of the original supplied with the hive and also full of honey and brood.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 20, 2013 at 21:13

The idea of a Queen excluder is to keep brood out of the honey stores. The bees get to use their honey, the Queen gets to lay plenty of eggs and everyone benefits.

Comment by Lissa on October 20, 2013 at 19:11

In the boxy Langstroth hives they have Queen excluders to keep the Queen away from the honey in the top box (look at me going on as if I knew what I was talking about lol). Something to do with making honey easier to harvest I think.

Some Wiki wisdom.

Comment by Joseph on October 20, 2013 at 19:04

Isn't that normal? The Queen's always being attended by her brood.

Comment by Lissa on October 20, 2013 at 18:19

No Queen exclusion in natural bee keeping. She's in there with everyone else.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 20, 2013 at 16:44

Exciting! How do you exclude the Queen from the honey-combs?

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