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  1. #1
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    May 2010
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    Pope county, Arkansas, USA
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    Default Tattered Wings on new queen.

    I was preparing my Cloake board for tomorrows graft. When I located the queen, I noticed her wings looked chewed and tattered. I raised this queen this year from a swarm cell. She is laying very well. Is chewing off a queen's wing normal behavior?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Tattered Wings on new queen.

    Nope. But what the heck, you've got not only a good laying queen but a fiesty survivor as well and one that won't swarm.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

  3. #3
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    Thumbs Up Re: Tattered Wings on new queen.

    Do your queen's wings look something like this? I hadn't noticed wings like that either. I posted in this thread about it. Sometimes those mating flights are hard on the queens.
    LeeB
    I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up :)

  4. #4
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    Nov 2011
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    Peace River, AB Canada
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    Default Re: Tattered Wings on new queen.

    Noticed a one year old queen this week with no wings.

  5. #5
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    Nelson, South Island, New Zealand
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    Default Re: Tattered Wings on new queen.

    I've seen queens with no wings in hives that have more than one queen. It's always the older of the 2 that is wingless seems that the older queen is superceded but isn't killed. I would have a look for another younger queen in that hive.

  6. #6
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    Nov 2011
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    Peace River, AB Canada
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    Default Re: Tattered Wings on new queen.

    I split the hives into 2-3 nucs so if there was a second queen I'm not sure where she may have ended up.
    In another yard a nuc had a queen missing 2 legs on one side and my thinking was in line with yours that the hive must have had two queens and I had kept the younger queen on the original stand.

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