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How do Virgin Queens find drones when the area has limited numbers of them and how can you tell when the queen has mated?
 

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I'm sure drones produce pheromones as queens tend to find their flyways and end up in the Drone Congregation Areas (DCAs). The only time there are a limited number of drones is late fall and early spring... a mated queen is MUCH larger, usually has "sign" left by the last drone and will be laying in 48 hours...
 

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Virgin queens give themselves away by moving fairly quickly across a frame of bees. Mated queens fatten up and move more deliberately from cell to cell (or where the bees herd her). A good mated queen has a retinue. :)
 
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