Because this was too tiny to use for demonstration, all of us died laughing when Mickey pulled out a hoe and a c-shaped piece of drain piping to show us in large how the larva is grafted!
Here he is, hoe and piping in hand, to show us the way you lift the larva from the bottom of the cell.
In the picture below he is showing how the tip of the hoe has to go under the larva to lift it. It can't be flipped over because it will smother since the spiracles will then be down in royal jelly.
Here he slides the "instrument" under the "c-shaped larva." to lift it up.
I thought this was one of the most entertaining demonstrations I have ever witnessed!
He went on to describe a method so complicated of moving hive boxes and putting the queen cells into frames and moving brood. He called it the Doolittle method, but said, tongue in cheek, that it was really the Do-A-Lot Method of queen grafting. Michael Bush talks about the Doolittle method which was invented really by Schirach. It involves a bunch of moving frames from one hive box to another, restacking, turning - like the hive boxes are dancing in the process of raising queens.
I hope some others of you have a chance to hear Mickey give this talk. What an enjoyable bee meeting!
That was hysterical! and informative. Advanced beekeeping for sure. I always learn something from your blog posts. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Neat idea for demonstrating the grafting method. An idea I might definitely use to describe the trial of lifting a young larva out of a cell. Just a note that more than once in your post you use the terms eggs and larva like they were interchangable but they are not. You don't graft an egg, you graft a young larva.ReplyDelete
I agree with Doris, your blog is a great source of information. Thanks!
Thanks, Pete. Mickey was quite clear that he was grafting larva and that you didn't graft eggs so I appreciate your bringing it to my attention and I have corrected the post.ReplyDelete