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When you are trying to figure when a Queen will be fertile, or old enough to mate, do you count the day the egg was laid plus larva stage, pups then emerge as they16 days plus or minus. Or is it from lava to date emerges.??????
 

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When you are trying to figure when a Queen will be fertile, or old enough to mate, do you count the day the egg was laid plus larva stage, pups then emerge as they16 days plus or minus. Or is it from lava to date emerges.??????
Queen lays an egg (if workers determine it should be a queen) 16 days later plus or minus she emerges as a queen.
 

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and from Morse:

First fight is typically at 3-5 days... weather dependent, normally lasting 2-20 minutes.

About half mate on their first flight.They mate about 12 to 18 times in two or three flights over a period of 2-4 days.

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It appears they are typically "of mating age" at around 19-23 days after the egg was laid.
 
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