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    Default Queen flight.

    What's the minimum outside temperature that a queen will normally fly in?

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    Default Re: Queen flight.

    This was a post from back in 2010 that might help.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...mating-flights
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    Default Re: Queen flight.

    Good eye dnichols, I appreciate it.

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    Default Re: Queen flight.

    My guess is about 50F is the minimum, but sunny or cloudy matters too...
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    Default Re: Queen flight.

    Thanks for the reply Michael Bush. I've visited your site many times and I regret that I missed your presentation at Forsyth Beekeepers Association......maybe there'll be another time.....

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    Default Re: Queen flight.

    A queen will fly at lower temperatures when taking an orientation flight than when taking a mating flight.
    I agree with Michael, and have seen queens flying at about 50F.

    This one of mine took an orientation flight from an Apidea at around 54F on a cloudy day.
    mating flights in my area never take place before anout 12.30 and never after about 5.30pm
    Orientation flights can take place earlier in the morning.


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    Default Re: Queen flight.

    Nice post Jonathan. I would agree that virgins seem to be able to get mated in surprisingly cool temps. Whether the matings are as good, perhaps is another question. I compare mating "catches" each year to the weather conditions during the peak mating days and each year I have a yard or two that is a pleasant surprise when it seemed to not be possible. It's kind of like teen agers, never underestimate them.
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    Default Re: Queen flight.

    When you see drones flying its warm enough for for queens mating flight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velbert View Post
    When you see drones flying its warm enough for for queens mating flight

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