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  1. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hi, my first year hive from a package is superseding the queen. I found 6 queen cups and 1 cell with larvae in it. I would like to know if when the virgin queen emerges can she still mate even though I have one hive?? I don't see why they need a new queen her brood pattern is pretty good and...
  2. Bee Forum
    Mating Frequencies of Honey Bee Queens (Apis mellifera L.) in a Population of Feral Colonies in the Northeastern United States Across their introduced range in North America, populations of feral honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies have supposedly declined in recent decades as a result of...
  3. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I had 80% losses this year so I am down to one hive left. I am trying to be very conservative with the resources of the hive. I set up a starter for queens and have recombined it with the main hive above a queen excluder. Now my hope is that the main hive will finish the queen cells. My...
  4. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I am getting relatively new to beekeeping and hope to expand my existing hives. I'm planning on getting 6 frame nuc boxes and wondering: Is there a recommended number of nuc boxes or a ratio of nucs to existing brood boxes? I hope to be working 40-50 hives in a year or so. I was thinking around...
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    Sue Cobey sums up the local dating scene in a single word: brutal. The entomologist is speaking of honeybees, bee mating being her specialty, and she knows the dauntingly steep odds drones, the males, face in fulfilling their urge to spawn. "There can be something like 25,000 drones out there...
  6. Bee Forum
    In my last inspection of my 5 hives, in a dearth (but recent rains may help), there was tons of worker brood, but there was not a single bit of drone comb in any hive, and drones only in one of them. In the one that had drones were queen cells. I took all 4 and created a split. After this...
  7. Bee Forum
    If I have one hive and split, what is the likelihood of a new queen (raised from this same brood) to mate with drones from the original hive?? I'm not sure if there are any other hive around me close by?!
  8. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Has anyone ever tried to breed virgin queens in an enclosed area with a large number of drones? I see online that someone has a patent for a small containment chamber and a queen holder that allows her to hang in a secured fashion. Just wondering if this has ever worked.
  9. Bee Forum
    Transcriptional Profiles of Mating-Responsive Genes from Testes and Male Accessory Glands of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, Ceratitis capitata In recent years, with the aid of next generation sequencing technologies and proteomic approaches, comprehensive studies aimed at the identification and...
  10. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Just wondering what your systems are for producing quality drones and getting them into your mating yards? At full production I run around 1000 nucs in yards of approx 150. Three of my yards (450 nucs) are within easy flight of my breeding hives (30 of them all containing drone frames rotated in...
  11. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I live in NW Ohio and I just hived a TBH this year, everything was great and peachy the first month:D, now my girls are superseding their brand new first season queen:(. I know that she couldve been poorly mated, ill, or injured. but to my standards she was doing fine, great brood pattern, few...
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