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Author Topic: What does a nurse bee look like?  (Read 4127 times)
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« on: January 17, 2008, 03:39:02 PM »

"Make sure there are plenty of nurse bees"  How can I determine..who a nurse bee is?
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2008, 04:24:26 PM »

the ones attending the brood.
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2008, 06:42:53 PM »

they are lighter in color, the eyes are bigger, have a fuzzy appearance, soft bodies and cannot sting you.
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2008, 08:15:04 PM »

they are lighter in color, the eyes are bigger, have a fuzzy appearance, soft bodies and cannot sting you.

Tig, Dayvalley was asking about nurse bees, not drones.

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2008, 08:19:15 PM »

If you shake bees off of open brood, most will be nurse bees.
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2008, 08:36:51 PM »

nurse bees are the newly hatched and young bees-the way you make sure you have plenty of nurse bees is to always have available brood of all stages to maintain the supply of young nurse bees---very beneficial to the success of your colony- RDY-B
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2008, 09:05:34 PM »

JP i was describing the young nurse bees.  they don't sting and look like what i said.
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2008, 09:10:28 PM »

JP i was describing the young nurse bees.  they don't sting and look like what i said.

I've never heard that workers' eyes get smaller as they mature.
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2008, 09:17:23 PM »

 Hmmm..I thought only the drones couldnt sting as their "Things" are developed into "mating tools" and i thought ALL other bees but the queen had their "Egg laying parts" converted into stingers when they were babies.
Did i learn something new tonite?
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2008, 09:18:16 PM »

they are lighter in color, the eyes are bigger, have a fuzzy appearance, soft bodies and cannot sting you.
 to bad it is not that easy -they can sting- cool RDY-B
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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2008, 09:22:08 PM »

Hmmm..I thought only the drones couldn't sting as their "Things" are developed into "mating tools" and i thought ALL other bees but the queen had their "Egg laying parts" converted into stingers when they were babies.
Did i learn something new tonight?
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dont think theirs any developing or converting taking place ether  shocked grin Wink RDY-B
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« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2008, 09:30:21 PM »

I am in the undersanding only the drone can not sting ,,,    
in that case if you took a frame of capped brood only no other bees
put them in a nuc ,, when they emerged .. you could take a hand full
of the bees in your hand and squeeze ,,,, with out getting stung ......
that I want to see you do ,,  
how old befor they can sting?HuhHuh
reason I say this is ,,I have never seen this in any book ,,
or ever heard it
I know Im a greener then grass 2 year keeper ,,,, but
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« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2008, 09:53:43 PM »

Lol!!
Ok, how 'bout "selective genetic outcome" instead of developed and converted?
I got caught up in the moment trying to keep this family oriented and simple for people like me.
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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2008, 09:59:19 PM »

laying workers lay eggs and sting   Wink  "selective genetic outcome" cheesy  sold for a dollar RDY-B
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« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2008, 10:16:42 PM »

Good deal RDB-Y!!
send me a twenty and i'll mail back your change!
this is what friends are all about!
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« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2008, 10:50:26 PM »

"Make sure there are plenty of nurse bees"  How can I determine..who a nurse bee is?

They usually have a funny cap and a stethascope around their necks and a thermometer in one hand.
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« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2008, 12:35:05 AM »

Oh dear goodness Brian !
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« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2008, 03:03:59 AM »

[they are lighter in color]

They have more hair so they appear more yellow, but there isn't a color change as they age.

[the eyes are bigger]

I have not noticed a difference in size.
I have noticed a few old field bees with bi-focals or cataract sunglasses.  cool

[have a fuzzy appearance]

This is totally true.

[soft bodies and cannot sting you]

For a couple days as the exoskeleton hardens.
I have read that the make up the stinger has to cure and harden too.
But bees can bee nurse bees for weeks (this is only a matter of a few days).
Young bees don't serve as guard bees until they get older (past the nurse stage).
So, young bees tend not to be as defensive of the hive, but will sting if crushed.
So all in all, nurse bees can sting, but normally won't.

To keeps young bees from fouling the brood cells, their digestive tract and rear end are some of the last parts to be developed. The stinger has attachment to the gut muscles.
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« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2008, 08:08:08 AM »

Brian beat me to it  grin
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« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2008, 06:50:28 PM »

When you "Make sure there are plenty of nurse bees" you don't look at the bees.  You look at the comb you shake them off of.  If you shake them off of open brood then most of them will be nurse bees.

But the descriptions are accurate.
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