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Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Eddy Honey, May 16, 2013.
Posted for a friend:
I see alot of eggs but they seem to be in the bottoms/back wall of the cells
There's too many of them, and many are laying down, not standing on end. The comb also looks new and not at full depth. I say laying worker.
I agree with Iddee. There are just way too many eggs. Sometimes new queens can lay multiple eggs for a few days till they get sorted out, but that is one heap of eggs.
I vote laying worker.
Great picture...whoever took it!!
A starting queen may lay more than one egg in a few cells till she gets the hang of it, but not that many in so many cells. I join in the verdict of the previous posters: the photo is of the activity of laying workers. :frustrated:
exactly what efmesch said...
Question now is what is wrong with your queen and/or do you still have a queen.
my question is, if a queen can figure out how to lay one egg at a time. why doesn't a laying worker? I understand that the placement of the egg is hindered because of the lack of a long abdomen, but why so many?
Not my queen.....friends queen....I would say she doesn't exist.
I had that. If the queen in the hive. It can not be activity of laying workers!!! When the young queen is just beginning to sow the eggs, with a few working bees. It happens. Then working bees throw out unnecessary eggs. If the queen is missing it's 100% activity of laying workers!!!
Yes it's 100% activity of laying workers!!! Because a queen never sow eggs on the cell wall, like on your photo.
As is known, the worker bees are females with underdeveloped sexual organs and are therefore unable to lay eggs.
The queen while moving the oviduct to the egg it gets some sperm, one of which fertilizes the egg.
Many because sows than one worker bee it's 50-100 working bees, and yep placement of the egg is hindered because of the lack of a long abdomen)))
What should one do if this is a layng worker? If the queen is missing, will introducing another one make the worker stop laying?
The best remedy for a laying worker hive it to shake all the bees out on the ground and take the empty hive to the house. Save it for a swarm.
So if a laying worker's egg can not be raised into a queen then the bees in the colony would eventually die out right? And if the average lifespan of the laying worker runs out wouldn't the laying stop? Could you not wait until after a certain number of days then and introduce a queen?
You could have several laying workers in the hive at one time. Installing a frame of eggs in hopes they will raise a new queen can work on the first frame or the tenth frame or not at all. With a laying worker the population will start to dwindle down
Laying workers don't fly out to collect honey or pollen and therefore, if you shake off all the bees outside and away from the hive, the workers will find their way back home but the layers won't. If you replace a frame of laying workers' eggs with one of eggs and young brood from a queen-right colony into the hive, you can get the hive to raise its' own new queen without the laying workers interfering with the process. Adding brood about to emerge and young brood with it at the same time increases the chances for successfully "re-activating" the otherwise "lost" hive.
After the to shake all the bees out on the ground sprinkle a little salt water in the brood. And then give this frame to a normal family.(They will clean) Take from the normal bee family open brood. (1 frame enough) And give it for the laying worker. They will bring up the brood, and will make a queen -
How about this one for another friend?