Welcome, Guest

Author Topic: A few ?'s about the queen  (Read 2012 times)

Offline Frantz

  • Field Bee
  • ***
  • Posts: 504
  • Gender: Male
A few ?'s about the queen
« on: July 11, 2008, 08:58:52 PM »
Ok, so I have this OB hive, they have raised a queen she seems to be doing ok. After about 5 days old, now they are starting to attend to her. She has about 15 or so around her, facing her and seemingly attending to her. Does this mean that she has probably taken her mating flight and now is mated? Watching her earlier today. I watched her inspecting cells, and even watched her drop her abdomen into one of them. Looked like she was laying an egg, but watched her for a good 20 mins after that and that one time was the only time she dropped in. Soooo, just wondering... Let me know of your thoughts.
Also, another question. Doesn't seem to be many drones. Will she attract other drones from other hives in the area when she mates or are they usually just from her hive??
Thanks
F
Don't be yourself, "Be the man you would want your daughters to marry!!"

Offline Moonshae

  • Field Bee
  • ***
  • Posts: 988
  • Gender: Male
Re: A few ?'s about the queen
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2008, 09:01:32 PM »
It takes them a while to get laying once they've mated, plus, they like the dark. Keep an eye on her, though. Drones drift quite a bit, but they'll probably raise more drones in the hive than will end up drifting there.
"The mouth of a perfectly contented man is filled with beer." - Egyptian Proverb, 2200 BC

Offline Frantz

  • Field Bee
  • ***
  • Posts: 504
  • Gender: Male
Re: A few ?'s about the queen
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2008, 09:08:26 PM »
So at this point, her dropping her belly is just practice right?? At least she is being attended too. that is a good sign.
F
Don't be yourself, "Be the man you would want your daughters to marry!!"

Offline JP

  • The Swarm King
  • Universal Bee
  • *******
  • Posts: 11687
  • Gender: Male
  • I like doing cut-outs, but I love catching swarms!
    • JPthebeeman.com
Re: A few ?'s about the queen
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2008, 10:45:23 PM »
So at this point, her dropping her belly is just practice right?? At least she is being attended too. that is a good sign.
F

Usually the bees pretty much ignore a virgin queen so I would say she's mated and you saw her laying. Like Moonshae said it takes them a little while to figure out how the plumbing works.


...JP













"Good friends are as sweet as honey" Winne the Pooh

My pictures can be viewed at http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus
and
http://picasaweb.google.com/112138792165178452970

My Youtube videos can be viewed here:

My website JPthebeeman.com http://www.jpthebeeman.com/jpthebeeman/

Offline annette

  • Galactic Bee
  • ******
  • Posts: 5318
  • Gender: Female
Re: A few ?'s about the queen
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2008, 02:04:24 PM »
That is what I read also. The virgins are ignored (unlike the human species!!!). The mated ones get all the attention.

Offline JP

  • The Swarm King
  • Universal Bee
  • *******
  • Posts: 11687
  • Gender: Male
  • I like doing cut-outs, but I love catching swarms!
    • JPthebeeman.com
Re: A few ?'s about the queen
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2008, 02:16:43 PM »
That is what I read also. The virgins are ignored (unlike the human species!!!). The mated ones get all the attention.

I don't know about that, them virgins can get us drones in lots of hot water, not me of course!! :-D


...JP
"Good friends are as sweet as honey" Winne the Pooh

My pictures can be viewed at http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus
and
http://picasaweb.google.com/112138792165178452970

My Youtube videos can be viewed here:

My website JPthebeeman.com http://www.jpthebeeman.com/jpthebeeman/