Re: Do the Descendants of the Package Queen Produce Successively More Irritable Hives
I always think of drones as other queens (and it's sort of off-putting ). Because drones only have a mother, no father, your virgin queen has just gone out and mated with a whole bunch of other queens. So right, if there are lots of defensive queens around, your daughter queens may produce defensive workers simply because they've mated with all those other defensive queens' sperm delivery squad (aka drones).
As a rule, I haven't found that at all, that a daughter queen produces workers that are any more defensive than her mother did. I wouldn't have known how to say it, so I'm glad JW is here because he/she put it well....bees revert to the norm. I've had defensive colonies that requeen and become more gentle. So if you have extremely gentle colonies, as they requeen I'd say you may very well see your workers become more defensive than those original super gentle bees, but it won't just keep getting worse and worse.
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