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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Dark Queen

    >"Queens are significantly darker when held at constant temperatures of 30.5C during the last instar and pupal stages compared to 35.5C."

    I've noticed they are also significantly darker when their mother was significantly darker... or there are a lot of darker drones around...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Dark Queen

    Quote Originally Posted by BernhardHeuvel View Post
    Influence of Temperature on Rate of Development and Color Patterns of Queen Honey Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae)
    SPIVAK, MARLA; ZELTZER, ABBIE; DEGRANDI-HOFFMAN, GLORIA; MARTIN, JOSEPH H.
    Environmental Entomology, Volume 21, Number 2, April 1992, pp. 364-370(7)
    http://www.ingentaconnect.com/conten...00002/art00021
    Thanks Bernhard.
    A bigger issue with chilled queen cells is likely to be wings which are not fully developed. Guess it depends how early on in development the chilling occurs. The last 48 hours before emergence are not so critical.

    My queens are all dark like these ones.

    queen-minnowburn1small.jpg turn-and-mark-cage.jpg

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    Default Re: Dark Queen

    I love dark queens. this one is like tiger stripes! Very cool thanks for sharing.

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