2 queens on the same frame, then there was 1

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  1. Yankee11

    Yankee11 New Member

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    Inspecting hives today.

    Pulled a brood frame and saw a queen. Then about 6 inches away I saw another queen. Yes. not double vision, but 2 queens. one was short and
    stubby and the other long and slender. One of then kept going under the foundation to the other side. i would flip and she would go back. Then they both end up on the back side towards the bottom. I swear I could hear a chirping. then when I flipped the frame again they were fighting. And fought to the death. The short stubby queen won.

    Looking for some explanations. Both hatched at same time maybe. Supercede?

    I did see larva before I spotted the queens.

    And what was I hearing. Screaming?

    It was cool to watch anyhow.
     
  2. ApisBees

    ApisBees Active Member

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    The sound was pipping. Queens will make that sound when there is more than one in a colony. Mother and daughter or did you recently have the hive requeen so there could have been 2 sisters, or a virgin take a wrong turn and drifted in to the queen rite colony. The young generally always prevails over the old queen in a fight, the old queen has to tear down the cells to have success in staying as queen in a colony that is building cells or swarming.
     

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    ApisBees Active Member

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    Here is a link to a video on JPthebeeman's channel with 3 queens piping It is very cool.
    [video=youtube;nKBI1q_RbvI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKBI1q_RbvI&list=UUSRygjIHmKEwJ_6LdSvROTQ[/video]
    Thanks JP for all the great educational videos you have posted.
     
  4. Wolfer

    Wolfer New Member

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    Now just how cool was that!!
     
  5. Yankee11

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    That is exactly what I heard.

    Also getting to see the the fight was cool. Hated to see a queen get killed, but it is what it is.