laying workers

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by milapostol, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. milapostol

    milapostol New Member

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    Now my partner and I were having a discussion about the bees. Do laying workers also lay for drone brood? I always thought they were trying to produce a queen, so therefore only lay females.

    Please enlighten me!

    Thanks,
     
  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Laying workers are undevoloped female bees, they cannot mate so are therefore unable to produce fertilized eggs. They can only lay unfertilized eggs (drones). I have a hive doing this right now. I have been dropping in frames of open brood, trying to persuade them to raise a queen but it seems to be fruitless. I should take a picture of what the combs look like, with scattered drone cells everywhere. :cry:
     

  3. milapostol

    milapostol New Member

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    Ooops, so I was wrong. I'll pretend that I've forgotten to ask this question on the forum. ;) Thanks PerryBee, and I'd love to see some pictures.
     
  4. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    ouch!!!!!! thats going to leave a mark if your partner finds out :oops:
     
  5. milapostol

    milapostol New Member

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    "ouch!!!!!! thats going to leave a mark if your partner finds out :oops:"

    My partner is very forgetful when it comes to practical matters. She is very intelligent, but unpractical. She's always losing her keys, wallet, and datebook. :wink:
     
  6. tecumseh

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    a snip..
    She's always losing her keys, wallet, and datebook.

    tecumseh:
    must be a northern california kind of thingee???? sounds like a description of my dear wife (always intelligent but also some time impractical). I guess it just goes with the territory in livin' with them 'prume pickers' (a term a snaggled tooth fellow from eat Texas tagged my wife with this past weekend when he discovered she was originally from the Bay area).
     
  7. milapostol

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    tecumseh:
    I guess it just goes with the territory in livin' with them 'prume pickers' (a term a snaggled tooth fellow from eat Texas tagged my wife with this past weekend when he discovered she was originally from the Bay area).[/quote]

    I wonder why prune pickers? Unless because prunes cause s***? :lol: