New queen, small wings?
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  1. #1
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    Mar 2019
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    Harleysville, PA, USA
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    Default New queen, small wings?

    We had to requeen one of our hives. We used a queen cell. She emerged, went on her mating flight, and is back and laying. Two things we noticed and donít know if itís a concern:
    1. She was very slow moving on the frames (our other queens have been more active)
    2. Her wings are smaller than any other queen we have had

    Do we worry about either of those?

    As always, thank you!

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    Dane County, WI, USA
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    Default Re: New queen, small wings?

    The laying pattern is the #1 criteria.
    Watch that.
    The rest is secondary as far as you are concerned, be she wing-less or green in color.
    Bees will take care if anything important is amiss with her.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
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    Aylett, Virginia
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    Default Re: New queen, small wings?

    So... her wings were large enough for her to fly to a DCA and get mated, what else is there to worry about? Like Greg said, if her laying pattern is good, so are you. If the bees think there is a problem, you will have a new queen before long.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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