Re: Lone Queen?
Maybe the grass is greener on the other side.
I thought bees are very loyal to their queen. But they are very unpredictable
and will move into another hive for better winter survival. A strong hive will accept foragers from another
hive at any day. If you have a double queen hive to overwinter with then one side will have more bees than the other out of winter.
I think the queen with stronger pheromone has something to do with this rare but strange phenomenon.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?