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  1. #1
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    Default New To Me

    I saw something in my bees Thursday that I've never seen before. It was queen catching day and I was marking and caging. I've seen workers kill queens. I've seen virgins kill queens. This was the first time I'd seen a queen kill a worker. I put that attendant into the cage with that new queen, and she never had a chance. My first reaction was to save the queen. It wasn't long before I realized that the queen was in complete control. I put her in the shade to "cool off", and added another worker. Yep, the queen went after her, but this time the worker offered her tongue and was accepted. I added 7 more attendants with no issues.

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    Big Grin Re: New To Me

    It must be those aggressive queens you are selecting for, Mike.

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    Default Re: New To Me

    I want queens like that!
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

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    Default Re: New To Me

    I hear queens can get moody during certain phases of the moon...
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: New To Me

    Pretty cool. I have also heard those northern raised queens knit little sweaters to wear in winter but that is just a rumor.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

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    Washington County, Maine
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    Default Re: New To Me

    Mine have my wife knit them sweaters. They look so cute!
    Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com

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