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  1. #1
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    Default 2 Mated queens laying in the same colony

    The other day I was checking colonies to see who needed new queen cells when I found an old wingless ill queen in the top deep box on a colony. She was laying and had a couple of attendants. Upon examination of the bottom deep I found another mated queen from a previous purchase laying with her attendants.

    The only thing I could figure was a queen battle that didn't end with the death of the old queen. Anybody seen that before?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: 2 Mated queens laying in the same colony

    Often. It's a mother/daughter pair. They superseded the mother but she's still doing well enough to attract a few attendants. Eventually she will fade and the attendants will abandon her and she will die.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #3
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    Default Re: 2 Mated queens laying in the same colony

    I have seen that occassionally, but this time it was an old queen that I had raised and a new queen I had purchased. Just about the time we think we have them figured out, they throw a twist at us.

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