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    Do queens secrete wax?
    I checked on one of my newly mated queens is and she is laying beautifully. When I found her I thought she was injured but it turned out she has a couple of wax flakes stuck to her. She was getting around fine and being tended to by her court of attendants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Honey View Post
    Do queens secrete wax?
    I checked on one of my newly mated queens is and she is laying beautifully. When I found her I thought she was injured but it turned out she has a couple of wax flakes stuck to her. She was getting around fine and being tended to by her court of attendants.
    How do you know it was wax? I've seen a number of queens with dried up parts of the mating sign stuck to their abdomen.

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    Default Re: Wax flakes on queen

    I'm not sure I was speculating. I uploaded pics so hopefully they are viewable:

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    Default Re: Wax flakes on queen

    Looks like her tergites are peeled back. You may have rolled her.

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    Default Re: Wax flakes on queen

    Probably not laying well anymore.

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    Default Re: Wax flakes on queen

    I had a queen do that one year after I borrowed her for the county fair observation hive. Not sure if the bees in the nuc didn't like her after she was put back in their box or if she was damaging in the move. In any case, she went on to lay for a full year after that without issue.

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    Still laying well

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    Default Re: Wax flakes on queen

    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Honey View Post
    Still laying well
    One thing I've noticed a lot of beekeepers fail to understand is that queens aren't nearly as fragile as they are perceived.

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    I've never seen anything like that before. She doesn't look good but glad she's laying well.
    Beekeeping 6 Years - 12 production hives and about 12 nucs - Treatment OAV Only

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    Default Re: Wax flakes on queen

    She got damaged. I have one like that right now who is laying pretty good, but can't get all the way into some cells so she's laying on the side. It still seems to work out ok, but I'll probably replace her to be sure.
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    Default Re: Wax flakes on queen

    Update: There are 2 capped queen cells in the hive and she is no where to be found.

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    Default Re: Wax flakes on queen

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh Peal View Post
    One thing I've noticed a lot of beekeepers fail to understand is that queens aren't nearly as fragile as they are perceived.
    Roll 10 queens like this and let us know how many are viable in a month.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Honey View Post
    Update: There are 2 capped queen cells in the hive and she is no where to be found.

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    Default Re: Wax flakes on queen

    Quote Originally Posted by jwcarlson View Post
    Roll 10 queens like this and let us know how many are viable in a month.
    I certainly wasn't implying that it's good for em. I was simply pointing out that queens are tough creatures, all things considered...

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