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Offline van from Arkansas

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Pic: mated verses virgin caged queens, side by side.
« on: April 07, 2020, 10:12:36 pm »
In the pic are two clusters of bees:  a mated 1 year old queen in a queen clip and a virgin in a queen cage.  Almost dark so I used a flash.  The large cluster of bees is on the mated queen whereas the virgin queen has only a few bees.  The mated queen has so many bees surrounding her, the clip, cage is hardly visible.

This subject, mated vrs virgin queen came up in a previous post.  The Honey Pump texted the mated queen would be surrounded by bees and the difference is very noticeable compared to a virgin.  Not HP exact words but you get the point.

Well, the opportunity arose today, due to a swarm, so I did a demo and took the attached pic.

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I have been around bees a long time, since birth.  I am a hobbyist so my answers often reflect this fact.  I concentrate on genetics, raise my own queens by wet graft, nicot, with natural or II breeding.  I do not sell queens, I will give queens  for free but no shipping.

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Re: Pic: mated verses virgin caged queens, side by side.
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2020, 10:38:43 pm »
Thank you Mr Van.

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Re: Pic: mated verses virgin caged queens, side by side.
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2020, 10:40:58 pm »
Picture says a thousand words. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Pic: mated verses virgin caged queens, side by side.
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2020, 10:29:26 am »
90F today, 39F tomorrow?  The bees don?t seem to mind.  Me:  short sleeve one day,  Down Jacket the next.
Van

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I have been around bees a long time, since birth.  I am a hobbyist so my answers often reflect this fact.  I concentrate on genetics, raise my own queens by wet graft, nicot, with natural or II breeding.  I do not sell queens, I will give queens  for free but no shipping.

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Re: Pic: mated verses virgin caged queens, side by side.
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2020, 12:21:05 pm »
We hit 85 or so. Turn AC on then back to heat.

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Re: Pic: mated verses virgin caged queens, side by side.
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2020, 01:53:17 pm »
Great picture of the queens difference, Van.

Perhaps the a reason why we call it Spring is because the temperature bounces up/down so much.
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Re: Pic: mated verses virgin caged queens, side by side.
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2020, 03:47:54 pm »
Picture says a thousand words. Thanks for sharing.

X2  :smile:
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