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  1. #1
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    Is there any way to know that your queen is an Intercast queen ?
    Can a regular queen be visibly identified from an intercast queen?
    How long would it take for the colony to supercede her?
    Thank you.
    "Younz" have a great day, I will.

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    >Is there any way to know that your queen is an Intercast queen ?

    She's usually smaller, but then I'm not sure that's a definitive sign. I've had some good queens that are smaller.

    >Can a regular queen be visibly identified from an intercast queen?

    Usually the regular queen has a longer, fatter, more pointed abdomen.

    >How long would it take for the colony to supercede her?

    In my experience, they usually do it immediately when the intercaste queen has laid some eggs they will start a supercedure cell. They will usually keep her until the new queen emerges, and sometimes until the new queen is laying.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Oct 2005 American Bee Journal has some nice pictures of intercaste queens and a column about then as well.

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    Thanks.
    "Younz" have a great day, I will.

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