Re: Do queens shut down?
I had two queens that stopped laying for a week or ten days, twice in this June...Hadn't seen that before. I think some bee strains have genetics that allow them to be frugal with stores at all times of the year.
Cutting back on brood rearing saves stores during a dearth, or heat, or other stressor. Brother Adam mentioned this trait in his writings, noting that Italians and some other strains he observed will produce brood in excess, then consume honey stores before winter is over, and die out. This cessation of brood does play havoc with the varroa mites.
Last edited by Lburou; 07-13-2012 at 05:55 PM.
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