Re: Morphological measurements of our Queens
So if you were going to buy one queen would you choose the large one or the small one?
If you had virgins emerge in your incubator, would you select the largest ones to place first, leaving the smaller ones with a small thorax for last if mating nuc availability was lacking at the time? Sure you would.
DO you cull out self made queens in mating nucs you find if the placed graft cell or virgin didn't take? I do. Those queens are almost always dinks.
Sure, smaller queens can perform well, but I don't believe you will find a big queen with a big thorax and long fat abdomen reared with poor nutrition. No matter what size, they still have to have good genetics and be well mated of course. But the breeder queens, nutrition and management of cell builder colonies I do control.
My cell builder selections and management are always a top priority all season long. I choose those that do the best job, produce the best cells & biggest queens. No matter if it is necessary or not.
Carniolan Hybrids. Glenn, Latshaw & Wild lines.