Re: New Queen: Is she fertilized yet?
In addition to the presence or lack of retinue JM, a virgin queen moves quickly across the frame. She will occasionally walk on top of bees, never stopping to examine or look at an open cell. I've seen virgin queens walk across the long side of a frame in 15-20 seconds and disappear around the corner and keep going. After mating, she will swell, move slower, show interest in empty cells and stay on the comb. HTH
If she was my queen, I'd give her a bit more time but have a backup plan. If guessing whether she is mated or not, I'd guess yes, she isn't quite svelte enough to look like a virgin to me -not scientific, just a guess, I see through a glass dimly.
Put a frame containing fresh eggs in the hive and wait four or five days to check for queen cells. The bees will tell you. One more thing, a virgin queen will fly at the drop of a hat.
Last edited by Lburou; 06-27-2013 at 10:08 PM.
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