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For the past 3 weeks it has been unusually cool and quite a few rainy days to allow virgin queens to go on mating flights. For the past month my hives have either some drones, or many drones, so if the weather cooperates, it seems that the queens would be able to fly.

What is the minimum daily high temperature for queens to go on their mating flight?
 

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OP asked a good question.

Will a hive simply not swarm if temps don't climb high enough?
 

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I think there are too many variables for an exact answer that is always correct to the lowest temperature a queen will take a mating flight since the temperature at which bees fly varies depending on how much sun and wind there are. They may take a mating flight at a lower temperature while the sun is out and they clouds role in and chill before she makes it back. But, if your bees are flying really good and drones are flying the virgins will probably fly. As for swarming in the cold, they will delay swarming when it is too cold or rainy. The queen will even kill queen cells if it is delayed too long by weather.
 
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