Isn't this a fine mess.
Isn't this a fine mess.
Is that "laying worker"?
Classic example of just that Lil Grain.
I've seen too much of that this year!
"My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"
That photo has to be the best one ever posted of laying workers.
Did someone get a new camera?
I hope that the photo was not taken of a recent queen purchase.
michael, i think that is more like, "failure to copulate"...or "falure to make it home from copulation" ...assuming this was a mating nuc.
HA! Fine photo, better than any book I've seen.
Thanks for posting that picture. Wish I could see that good if I were looking into my frames.Great capture.
ok mike...your next assignment is to get one of the "snowflake" that laying workers sometimes leave in queen cups
I wish I could see that good with my glasses on!
Nice pic Michael.
I'm fortunate, none of that in my yard this year.
20+ years, raise my own queens, feed when needed. I treat, but have not perfected varroa management yet.
Laying workers in mating nuc. If the nuc doesn't get a laying queen by the time all the brood hatches, laying workers usually develop. You get 2 chances with cells. After that, it's tough to get a call accepted. I usually give a cell the third time, because a nuc with laying workers will accept a cell...sometimes. If they reject again, the nuc gets united.
So can unite a laying worker nuc with a Queen right nuc without a problem?......Randy
So, exactly how did you take that pic?
It must be photo shopped!8)
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Somebody needs bookmark this one for beginners. It's the best way I have seen to explain laying workers.
Don't know what your "Snowflake" is Deknow. But, what I have seen is miltiple eggs in queen cups. Really a dead givaway. Sometimes, laying workers are a bit difficult to diagnose. Sure, there are a few cells with multiple eggs. New queens will do that, too. When you see a queen cup like this, in a colony that might have gone to laying workers, you can be sure.
when erik and markus were out here, we went through our hives in new brantree. i saw what looked like a snowflake in a queencell, it was, of course, a ton of eggs. the mass was (predictibly) denser in the middle and fanned out at the extremities. they both knew what it was immediately...i had seen laying workers before, but never that.