Re: How long before new queen is full size?
Within 7 days after the mated virgin begins to lay she will be as large as she will ever become. If she is of a race that reduces egg laying during a dearth, then her abdomen will usually shrink slightly until nectar is again being gathered and the nurse bees return to feeding her at the normal rate. When preparing to swarm the bees reduce the queens food supply and her abdomen shrinks to the point that she can fly well.
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