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  1. #1
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    Question Ever seen this? Worker locks onto queen's wing.

    When I showed up to help this frantic English woman in Encinitas, CA, part of the swarm had landed on a bush and the rest were still flying around the backyard. I thought it looked strange and figured the queen must not be on the bush. Sure enough, a small pile of bees were on the ground in the normal tight formation, so I dug up the queen out of the grass and a worker had locked down on the queen's wing.

    Ever seen this behavior? I know I haven't.

    My theory is that they wanted her to stop flying and latched on!


    While I was caging the queen, the swarm decided my leg would be a good spot to land.
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    Default Re: Ever seen this? Worker locks onto queen's wing.

    Good theory.
    Pant leg to hold a swarm... not so much.

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    Default Re: Ever seen this? Worker locks onto queen's wing.

    Could have been worse (on several levels)... He could have been wearing Daisy Dukes.

    Rather fascinating though. The queen that is.. Not the above.. *shudder*

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    Default Re: Ever seen this? Worker locks onto queen's wing.

    Haha, I'm glad they just remained located on the EXTERIOR of my pants!

    That worker was clamped down and refused to remove herself easily. I ended up having to head up a pin and touch it to her thorax to force her off the queen! Amazing little creatures.

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    Default Re: Ever seen this? Worker locks onto queen's wing.

    Never seen this before, but I have a couple of queens with tattered wings. I assume they are tattered because of similar behavior inside the hive.
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    Default Re: Ever seen this? Worker locks onto queen's wing.

    Was she already marked?

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    Default Re: Ever seen this? Worker locks onto queen's wing.

    That is hilarious! New form of "Bee Pants." They're trying to "comb" your pants. Now you can say that working bees runs in your jeans.
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    Default Re: Ever seen this? Worker locks onto queen's wing.

    No, but I tried to get the worker off of her first. Then I realized it was the perfect time to mark her since she couldn't fly away from me!

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    Default Re: Ever seen this? Worker locks onto queen's wing.

    Field bees will attack any queen not their own, mabe the worker was not part of the swarm.

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    Default Re: Ever seen this? Worker locks onto queen's wing.

    How did you get the swarm off your pants? Did you put her in box and brush them off? I bet the homeowner was quite impressed! thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: Ever seen this? Worker locks onto queen's wing.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaBees View Post
    How did you get the swarm off your pants? Did you put her in box and brush them off? I bet the homeowner was quite impressed! thanks for sharing.
    I walked over to the box and stamped my foot down fast so they would drop into the cardboard box where the queen was.

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    Default Re: Ever seen this? Worker locks onto queen's wing.

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeRescue View Post
    No, but I tried to get the worker off of her first. Then I realized it was the perfect time to mark her since she couldn't fly away from me!
    Now that's quick thinking good job!

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