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Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« on: July 15, 2017, 01:01:17 am »
I have never witnessed a queen killing a queen but have seen workers ball a queen. You can read all kind of things on the web and I have read all kinds of things but my question(s) Who kills who in the honeybee queen world?

-Do just virgins kill? (This is what I have heard.)
-Will virgin queens kill mated queens or do the workers dispose of the mated queen?
-I know virgins kill virgins and tear down cells...
-Will mated queens kill each other?
John 3:16

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2017, 03:03:24 am »
G'day S-B.
I have seen home video of queens crawling over capped queen
cells, purportedly stinging the cell.
I am yet to bee convinced that is the action happening.
Long been told by my mentor bees ball queens and tear down
queen cells/cups, I remain agnostic until the day I am shown different by
actual visual observation.
Queens have no say in anything colony related, even selective egg laying.

Let the games begin :-)

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2017, 04:46:20 am »

Long been told by my mentor bees ball queens and tear down
queen cells/cups,

Bill

Virgins will tear down/open queen cells

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2017, 05:21:20 am »
Nope, no banana... sorry :-)
Heard/Seen plenty of that virgin (supposed) queen activity.

Think about the structured physical state of any newly emerged bee,
queens included, to get across this great divide so entrenched
in contemporary colony evolution conclusions.

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2017, 05:54:50 am »
Nope, no banana... sorry :-)
Heard/Seen plenty of that virgin (supposed) queen activity.

Think about the structured physical state of any newly emerged bee,
queens included, to get across this great divide so entrenched
in contemporary colony evolution conclusions.

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2017, 06:03:50 am »
"cause I have no idea where you coming from or going"

No worries, all good :-)

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2017, 06:12:51 am »
-Do just virgins kill?
  Yes.  As anyone who raises queens knows to their cost - first one out of her queen-cell kills the rest, providing they're able to gain access to them.  That's why we use roller-cages or similar.

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-Will mated queens kill each other?
If they're unrelated, yes.  Or at least they'll try to.  That's why multi-queen hives MUST have separators (double-sided screen boards or similar) between them, so that the queens can never physically meet.  They will even try to kill each other through a single queen excluder - as will virgins.  Read the Appendix to Doolittle's 'Scientific Queen Rearing' for confirmation.
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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2017, 11:33:04 pm »
Over the years I've observed a lot that is contradictory about queens and fighting.   Virgin queens are the ones who are out to kill other virgin queens.  They seldom seem to kill laying queens and laying queens never seem to kill virgin queens or any other queens for that matter.  Once they are laying and into that pattern they just keep laying.  I've seen too many mother/daughter hives to believe that virgins want to kill laying queens or that laying queens want to kill anyone.  But occasionally any queen might kill any queen.  It seems to me that in the end a supersedure or a mother/daughter end when the bees stop feeding the old queen, not when the new virgin kills her.
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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2017, 02:03:18 am »
"Over the years I've observed a lot that is contradictory about queens and fighting."

Now the thread is going places... reality over anecdotal spun from "I was told".
Having owned an OB[1] for better than 10years, and same being only managed by
buildup+swarm=supercede (of the whole colony) I am heavily persuaded to deny
what some repeat adnausem - Queens kill Queens.

I'd add more at this time but currently I am bogged down reading Doolittle, a rather
apt naming, methinks :-)
I reserve judgement only to say right now Doolittle is looking very much like a
an 1800's precursor bLog from the 2017 backyard BK.
Back to reading mode :-)

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[1] A livingroom wall mounted hive around five fulldepth foundation sheets long and approx. 40mm deep. Entrance was central at 150X19mm. The viewing window was full hive length plexiglass, shuttered.

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2017, 03:52:55 am »
I'd add more at this time but currently I am bogged down reading Doolittle, a rather
apt naming, methinks :-)
I reserve judgement only to say right now Doolittle is looking very much like a
an 1800's precursor bLog from the 2017 backyard BK.

It's easy to be a smart-arse with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight - but Doolittle (one of the really great names in beekeeping) was breaking new ground, and new ideas, forging new ways of working always present awkward and tough going.  It's very easy for others to then come along afterwards and simply copy what worked and to scoff at what didn't.

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After a little thought along the line of what had caused the failure this season, when no failure had occured before, it began to dawn upon me that in my former Experiments I had contracted the lower hive down to eight frames ...

In this latter case the brood came directly, under that part of the queen-excluder running, under the apartment partitioned off with the perforated-zinc division-board, so that when the young queen ran down on the zinc, she and the old queen could get their heads together and try to kill one another, which resulted in the bees worrying the young queen when she was old enough to be recognized as a queen, the same as bees always try to worry virgin queens in the queen nursery after they are two or more days old, as they always do when such nursery is hung in a hive having a laying queen. When younger than this, the bees do not seem to notice them in either place, nor does the young queen try to get below.

In this case it is indeed the bees which kill one of the queens in order to restore harmony - but that's only because one queen cannot kill the other through a QX.

If you want to play at 'Doubting Thomas' - then simply put a dozen ripe queen cells into an incubator and see what happens.  No prizes for guessing the outcome - you'll be left with just the one virgin queen alive ... and there are no bees other than virgins involved in that carnage.

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2017, 06:30:16 am »
I say again...

"I am heavily persuaded to deny
what some repeat adnausem - Queens kill Queens."

It is not possible to control/direct your read, LJ... however as clarification be very sure
no head at this desk is being a "smart-arse" , nor "play at 'Doubting Thomas'". 
The topic - not of my invention - is a legit question and one of a few such
misnomers (?) I would welcome proved, as would the OP no doubt
in sincerity.
I seriously doubt the majority in these forums would wade through the language
Doolittle uses, I am, and whilst I thank you for the quote you are now relying on I am sure
I will find more in context.

As an observation on your reliance I would point out that nowhere in the English language
 does "getting their heads together" translate to murderous intent. Or....?
Likewise I am not certain Doolittle's use of "worrying" / "worry" in the extract you chose is
how today modern English would describe herding, or indeed  an attempt to ball a queen.

The experiment offered is not topical in respect of "Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?"
as it merely repeats an outcome we all know, or should know.


Cheers.

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2017, 07:17:04 am »
The experiment offered is not topical in respect of "Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?"
as it merely repeats an outcome we all know, or should know.

How can it not be topical ?  It's the nearest you're going to get to a controlled experiment - precisely because there are no other bees in the equation - only virgin queens.  Therefore it must be virgins doing the killing - there's no-one else there.

Whether that example can be extrapolated across to a colony in which there are also worker bees is - I would suggest - entirely academic.  Are there any grounds for suspecting otherwise ?  If so, those with doubt must put forward some evidence to support that doubt, not the other way around. Occam's Razor, etc.

I have been working on a beekeeping technique for some years now with very mixed results.  Sometimes it worked well (presumably by chance), sometimes it didn't from day 1.  Rather annoyingly, sometimes it appeared to work, but failed later-on.  By 'decoding' Doolittle (from the conversational-style of writing adopted by many experimental beekeepers of his day), I was able to make an adjustment to the equipment to prevent the killing of multiple queens, and now the equipment works perfectly. So - the problem has been finally solved using the existing "queens kill queens" rationale.  With my beekeeper's hat on (rather than my scientist's), do I really need to search for an alternative explanation ?

I think Isaac Newton put it rather well when he said, "We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances." 

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2017, 11:08:21 am »
"How can it not be topical ?"

Lacks relevance LJ... in respect of the thread topic, recognising this quote
sets the form of the question;
"Who kills who in the honeybee queen world?".
Applying Occam(R) the experiment pointed to is more of "survival of the fittest" as there are
 no other influencing factors as implied by the OP's question.
And Mr. Newton?
Issac would use the subjective to explain a shortcut to acceptance in using "appearances", this
methodology is at the core of assumptions.
When widely accepted - as it is/was seen too hard or laborious to prove - we are asked questions
such as the OP poses. The "but why" of an enquiring mind.
Here are two captures of a video where the narrator describes what he was told he would see and
so did see, an assumption the information passed on was true/proven. An Issacism... if you like :-)

http://tinypic.com/r/2u8xwfn/9
http://tinypic.com/r/24zj6ab/9
In fact what he did see was a queen, maybe a virgin, who knows, attacking a newly born worker.
Yet it is there on the record (youtube.com) as  "Virgin queen killing other queens".

https://m.you tube.com/watch?v=6iW5FxyPVYQ

..rip it, freeze frame, and check the jpegs.

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2017, 03:49:58 pm »
"The experiment offered is not topical in respect of "Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?"
as it merely repeats an outcome we all know, or should know."

Does this text not represent the bias, non objective view that Mr. LJ and others are accused of.  Yes the proposed incubator assay by LJ is revelant to queen killing.  No person knows the exact outcome, "we all know." There are many outcomes such as mortal wounded single survivor dies, therefore all queens expire, we don't even know if the queens hatch until LJ's assay is employed.

Finally consider the bias of to whom this text is directed to, I did not say to whom, another bias, no banana for that one.  Just read, look, consider, question, ponder, and but accept the data.  The data is the data.  Good post LJ and Mr. Bush, noted author, speaker and fellow beek.


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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2017, 04:29:59 pm »
"the data is the data"

Yet there is no data, at least not above that which some derive
from the reading of questionable ancient ramblings and that new
age record YouToob provides, conveniently so, in an age where
WYSIWYG applies, in error, mostly. One example just posted.

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2017, 03:21:13 am »
... the reading of questionable ancient ramblings ...

That sort of put-down comment is precisely why I said earlier, "It's easy to be a smart-arse with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight ... ".

Those "ancient ramblings" of which you are so dismissive contain the ground-breaking ideas and observations of people who wrote in the style of their day, and who's names are now etched forever within the history of beekeeping.  Have you any idea of how difficult it must have been to start off with almost zero knowledge and painstakingly tease away at one of the Natural World's greatest mysteries, until it gradually began to reveal just a handful of it's secrets ?

I'm not suggesting that you show reverence exactly towards the work of these guys, but just a little appreciation for their efforts might not be such a bad idea - to prevent your posts coming across as being those of an uncouth wiseacre.

Perhaps you would care to confide in us just one original contribution to the craft of beekeeping that you yourself have made, in order that we may compare this with the inconsequential ramblings of Doolittle, Langstroth, Dzierzon, Huber, and all the rest ...

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2017, 08:44:31 am »
first one out of her queen-cell kills the rest,

Nothing like a good cat fight!  I suspect it is the crowd that cheers them on like in most cases.
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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2017, 11:00:33 am »
OK folks,  let me remind you of our forum by-laws.

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2017, 11:59:29 am »
Thanks Robo.

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Re: Queens Killing Queens- Who Kills Whom?
« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2017, 05:12:16 pm »
Yes Sir.  Thanks for the friendly reminder.