Last we spoke we were hot on the sticky trail of a bee mystery. After finding a hive with no Queen and no babies we needed to introduce a new Queen. This seemed like a good idea until the bees decided to turn on her, swarming her to death. Even our grizzled beekeeper shed a tear. This was shocking given the old Queen was nowhere to be found…until (wait for it) she appeared out of nowhere. Turns out she was alive and well just hidden by the other bees. We soon realized this Queen was no longer laying eggs. No, this is not normal! Once this happens, the bees tend to “get rid of her” and we can’t quite figure it out. So far the only answer we have in this case is that she must be one hell of a sweet talker. Cause her bees took out the fertile Queen faster than you can say, “Bitch, please.” Now we just have to see how things unfold in a hive with a barren Queen and a whole mess of stinger-happy worker bees. Stay tuned.