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  1. #1
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    Default Please ID this queen picture

    Yesterday I opened a swarm cell that was on the verge of emerging. The virgin ran out I captured her without injury. She appeared fine last night. I went to put her in a nuc today and noticed an odd thing attached to her abdomen. It is hard and didn't want to detach. I was gently trying to remove it and actually got stung by her. Anyway have a look and let me know what you think.



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    Default Re: Please ID this queen picture

    Hopefully it is "mating sign" and not her own innards protruding.
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    Default Re: Please ID this queen picture

    she stung u right ? and ... are u sure that is a queen ? i know she is marked but by the picture its suspicious .

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    Default Re: Please ID this queen picture

    Not sure that's a queen.

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    Default Re: Please ID this queen picture

    Definitely a queen, but no idea what that thing is.

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    Default Re: Please ID this queen picture

    Yes, it is definitely a queen. It was very difficult getting a picture because she was moving so fast. Also she wanted to curl her abdomen under which makes her look much smaller in the photo. She's a pretty average sized virgin and came from a giant supersedure cell. She appears completely healthy.

    Joseph, definitely not a mating sign as I watched her come out of a cell and immediately put her in a cage.

    The stuff hanging out is very hard - harder than queen candy, which she was actively feeding on all night. This wasn't on her when she went into the cage. I put her in a nuc yesterday evening, so we'll see what they do with her. Could it be queen candy that she passed and with no attendants to manage her the waste stuck to her? Perhaps she processed the sugar, but the corn starch in the powered sugar formed this hard object???
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    Default Re: Please ID this queen picture

    Have just been browsing the forum and came across this thread Astrobee what became of the queen? and did you ever find out what it was?

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    Default Re: Please ID this queen picture

    The receiving nuc apparently didn't appreciate her. A couple days later she was no where to be found.
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    Default Re: Please ID this queen picture

    Thanks AstroBee that satisfies my curiosity

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