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How long dose it take for abdomin to plump up after mating. , one of the packages i received yesterday had what appears to be 2 virgin queens in the 3 hole queen cage
 

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I don't think two queens....especially virgins....will occupy a cage together. One would be dead in short order.
Attendants maybe?
 

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....especially virgins....
That's the truth. Did you ever put two virgins together? We did this at EAS one year...put them in a large petrie dish. Fought to the death every time. One battle lasted 20 minutes. We also put multiple mated queens together in a cage...for days...and they never fought. And I added a virgin to a cage with a mated queen...no not on purpose. That mated queen never knew what hit her.
 

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Thanks Michael for the first hand information. But I have a question of how do we end up with 2 queen colonies if the virgin always goes for the mated queen. I have had 2 queen colonies and boy do they buildup and produce, but how they end up together, I don't know.
 
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