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Author Topic: Is there a visible difference between a Virgin Queen and a newly mated Queen?  (Read 555 times)
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« on: August 23, 2013, 11:42:31 AM »

If I have a Queen that has recently mated....will I beable to tell her from the workers or does it take awhile for her body to elongate.
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2013, 11:44:46 AM »

Immediately after mating she is somewhat larger and usually returns with "sign" (a part of the drone anatomy).  But she grows much more as her ovaries develop and as they fill with growing eggs.  She will shrink down again when she stops laying.  So her size changes over time depending on her situation at that time.
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2013, 06:44:51 PM »

I've read it is almost impossible to find a Virgin Queen. I'll be doing a hive check in a few days to see if I have a Queen. I wondered if I would be able to spot her. I'll be looking for other signs..eggs etc...but didn't know if I would have a chance of telling which one she is.
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2013, 07:24:38 PM »

You can spot them. I have on many occasions, you just have to look carefully. the virgin queens move around much more quickly than the mated ones. They can be very wily.
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2013, 09:10:45 AM »

If you think you just saw her dart across the frame, flip it over and maybe you'll get a look before she disappears. Look for a bee that is a little longer than the rest of the workers.
They are are masters of hiding out.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2013, 10:28:34 AM »

I have found virgins hiding on the bottom board in the back corner.  I've found them hanging underneath the landing board on the outside of the hive.  They are notoriously sneaky.  Even in a two frame medium mating nuc they are hard to find sometimes.
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2013, 06:05:00 PM »

I have spotted them on occasions.
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