Maiden flight question

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Paula, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. Paula

    Paula New Member

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    A real newbee question, how does a virgin queen out to be bred, know what hive to return to? Or does she?
     
  2. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    don't move the hive. she memorizes it. Don't paint the box and don't move the hive, and one time I added a robber guard to a nuc when she was out on mating flight and I didn't know it, and it was fall, and I found she had died on the front of my robber guard when she returned.