Yes. Yet another reason to do OTS on June 20.The newly mated young after the solstice queen that can overwintered will
withstand the arctic chills here better. Under our normal environment, they can
multiply quickly on hive expansion days. Remember that she is still a 2-3 months young queen but
overwintered nevertheless. So she can carry the colony through. Without these young queens my
mite bomb nuc manipulation cannot be done here. She can often outlay the old 2nd year queen and beat the mites population too. That's why if I can to overwinter as many of these late mated queens as possible. Since she's in the nuc stage, the focus will be on hive expansion and not on swarming impulse on an early Spring flow. On purpose, 3 years in the testing mated and emerged in a hive mite infested level nuc hive. I'm almost there with all the equipment preparation for another round this Spring.
I'll be putting pink dots on the 2017 post solstice queens. Yellow on the pre-solstice.
In fact I'm trying to come up with a system to mark my queens where I can tell what year and whether it's pre or post solstice just by color. Then compare which has better winter survival rate.
I wonder if a post-soltice queen could make it thru two Illinois winters. So far not many have made it that long in my yards.