Once the queen emerges how long does it take for her to reach her full adult size?
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    Default Once the queen emerges how long does it take for her to reach her full adult size?

    Once the queen emerges how long does it take for her to reach her full adult size?

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    She is constantly changing. First she will harden for several days and grow a little. Then she will mate and filling her spermatheca makes her significantly larger. Then she starts laying and this causes development of her ovarioles which makes her larger. Then whenever she stops laying because of winter or dearths she will temporarily shrink. Then when she starts laying again she will get larger again.
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    Default Re: Once the queen emerges how long does it take for her to reach her full adult size

    I can't improve on Michael Bush's answer, but might be able to drill down to some specific date ranges. All ranges are rough estimates (therefore, overlaps). Weather can change a lot of things. Day 0 = Day queen was laid as an egg:

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    She is constantly changing. First she will harden for several days and grow a little. Day 16 - Day 24Then she will mate and filling her spermatheca makes her significantly larger. Day 22 - Day 28 Then she starts laying and this causes development of her ovarioles which makes her larger. Day 28 - ?????Then whenever she stops laying because of winter or dearths she will temporarily shrink. Dependent on seasons and available nectar flowsThen when she starts laying again she will get larger again. Dependent on seasons and available nectar flows

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