Beekeepers are taught that the queen will most likely be in the brood nest. That is, she will be on a frame which contains brood or is ready for eggs. She will almost never be on the end frames, on combs of honey, or strolling in out-of-the way places looking for peace and solitude.
The operative word here is “almost.”
Much to my surprise and dismay, I have found my queens:
- In the telescoping cover which I had thrown on the ground
- In an empty super I had carried back to the shed
- On a frame of brood after repeated shakings (this has happened a number of times)
- On the landing board
- On my sleeve
- Between the inner and outer covers
- On the inside wall of the brood box
- On the top bars
And remember, these are just the ones I found.
But in spite of all these sightings, I still go into a hive naively confident that the queen will be in the brood nest . . . and I’m still shocked when she’s not. All of which goes to show more about human psychology than the queen’s.