From her private cage the queen bee emits pheromones to convert worker bees into her loyal subjects so they don't kill her when she's released into the hive.
Rafael Gallardo (left) gets some pointers from Dave Schiefelbein, of the Ballard Bee Company, on how to care for his newly arrived hives.
The Ballard Bee Company brought about 2.5 million honeybees to Seattle from California's Sacramento Valley.
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