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    Default banked virgins

    I have a frame of virgins in cages that I have been banking in a double high 5 frame queenless nuc for about a week, when I went in to check on them today most of the virgins were being ignored except for one, she was getting all the attention with a big cluster of bees attending to her on the cage. What would be the reason for that? Do they somehow prefer her to be their queen. All the virgins were the same age when banking them. John

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    Default Re: banked virgins

    I am interested to know for what purpose you are banking virgin queens for a week, if it is for open mating surely it would be better to have them mated as soon as possibly and if II then I thought the optimum time was 5 days.

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    Default Re: banked virgins

    Virgins can be banked for a week with no problem, they normally don't fly out to mate until that time anyways. John

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