Laying worker article and pondering
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  1. #1
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    Default Laying worker article and pondering

    I thought this was a pretty good article:

    https://badbeekeepingblog.com/2019/0...laying-worker/


    After watching the video from the UK beekeeper I got to thinking about some stuff -

    1) A new queen will sometimes lay multiple eggs in a cell. Does she lay eggs one right after another or does she walk around and come back to the cell to deposit another egg?
    2) Why would a laying worker deposit an egg in a cell that already has 1 or more eggs in it? Wouldn't the worker smell the egg(s)? Is it because the egg(s) doesn't/don't have her pheromones?
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    Default Re: Laying worker article and pondering

    >1) A new queen will sometimes lay multiple eggs in a cell. Does she lay eggs one right after another or does she walk around and come back to the cell to deposit another egg?

    The latter.

    2) Why would a laying worker deposit an egg in a cell that already has 1 or more eggs in it? Wouldn't the worker smell the egg(s)? Is it because the egg(s) doesn't/don't have her pheromones?

    Because their instincts are defective. They are not a queen and don't possess the same instincts as a queen. It's probably not the same worker. In a serious laying worker problem half the bees are laying workers.

    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00299895

    Maybe your theory of smell is valid. The egg police can tell the difference so maybe the laying workers don't have the right signal to keep them from laying another egg in the same cell:
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/....1995.11100883

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslayingworkers.htm
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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