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Author Topic: Do laying workers look like small queen?  (Read 490 times)
EasternShore
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« on: May 18, 2009, 05:45:41 PM »

I know you all might laugh, but I've never seen a laying worker. 2 of my nucs had queen cells which hatched, I see 2 girls that look like really small queens..tail end is no where near as big as some of my other queens. These two nucs are regressed bees, would the queen be much smaller? They both have longer abdomens than all the other ladies and are not drones for sure..cause there are some really BIG drones in there.
If anyone could comment on this I would be greatful.
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2009, 06:02:58 PM »

In my experiance laying workers have the same apperance as any other worker.  In other words you can not pick them out of the crowd.  Also keep in mind that there may be up to 20 in a hoplesly queenless colony!
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2009, 10:17:10 PM »

It sounds as if you have two virgin queens. Wait a week or more and look for eggs.
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2009, 05:40:48 AM »

Cool...was hoping that was the case..
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