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    Question Is Nasonov scenting a sign of introduced queen acceptance?

    Is Nasonov scenting a sign of introduced queen acceptance?

    When checking on some introduced queens in mail-order 3-hole cages, I noticed workers on and around the cages scenting.

    Should this be on the list of "Behaviors indicating acceptance" ? It is easier to see than whether a worker on the cage is attempting to feed the queen, or bite the wire.

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    I wouldn't call it "acceptance" so much as the equivalent of a bee shouting "here's the queen"! I tend to think that aggressive behavior is more important to identify than accepting behavior. Accepting behavior might be as benign as walking around, acting normal near the queen.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenseye View Post
    aggressive behavior is more important
    True, but it is not always easy to tell if that wad of bees on the cage-wire is motivated out of love or hatred.

    I took the scenting as a shout of "Here's the queen and we love her!", and released the queen and so far so good.

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