I have posted a short video clip of a back lit mature queen cell at: Candling a Mature Queen Cell. The procedure is occasionally used to be sure a queen is alive and well before the cell is introduced into the colony. In earlier days, a candle was used as the light source. The queen is not harmed by this procedure.
Even though I have done the Auburn University Spring Beekeeping Workshop for many years, it is still an exciting event for me. A significant amount of planning and work by many people – most of whom never get any credit – will be on display on February 4, 2012. I always look forward to seeing so many passionate beekeepers on one intense day. What is it about beekeeping anyway?
See you there,