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Just curious- is the lifespan of a worker layer the same as a normal worker. Six weeks to six months depending on the time of year??? Just a newbee question.
 

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If conditions (such as open brood) don't cause her to stop laying and she dies another will start laying. Probably a lot of others already did. So it seems irelevant. If the root cause if not corrected more will just start laying. If it is corrected they stop. I don't know if the bees get rid of the laying worker or the pheromones just supress her laying.
 
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