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Virgin queens for swarm lure?

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Just curious if anyone has used virgin queens for swarm lure, or do they lack the phenomenon needed to attract?
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I've never tried it, but I suspect they don't have the proper pheromones to be a good attractant. The virgin is pretty much ignored in a hive until she gets close to mating flight age, from what I've noticed over the years. Once mated and laying, I think her pheromones change and would make a better attractant.
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