Re: How do queens kill other queens still in the cell?
No, if the virgin does not initiate the destruction process then the workers will not go around to
destroy the other queen cells. You see, on a frame of bees not all young larvae will turn into a
queen cell. There a certain groups of young nurse bees that will start these queen cells within the
local frame's area. That is why you see certain cells scattered thru out the frame while other cells stick
together next to each others. The process of how the young nurse bees know which larvae to turn into a
queen cell is still a mystery to me. It was these localized group of nurse bees that will make, guard and nurture these
queen cells until they have hatched.
In my observation a virgin will go around to try to penetrate these defense system onto the groups of nurse
bees guarding these queen cells. At first these nurse bees would not allow the virgin to go in but eventually have
to give up since they recognized that she is now the future queen. Then the defense was off and the virgin proceeded to bit
the side of the cells one at a time and will stung a few times into the cell. After that the workers finished off by tearing down
the cell. Then the virgin queen will go to the next nearby queen cell repeating her destructive process. As soon as the worker
bees let her in she got the cells. During this process she does not exert great efforts trying to destroy these cells with the assistant
of the worker bees. I've seen 4 localized queen cells on an OTS frame got destroyed this way. I did not intervene either and forgot to take my camera
with me that time on a cell hatch inspection. Wish I did that day.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?