Old queen

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Eddy Honey, May 22, 2013.

  1. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    How long do queens live?

    This one is 4 years old and heads up my obsevation hive. Her wings are frayed but yet she keeps on going...cell to cell..laying eggs

    Are longevity genetics something that is sought after in a queen?

    an old queen.jpg
     
  2. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    Back in the 60's i had queens that were still doing a good job at 5 yrs. of age. One of the first queen i bought comes to mind (a Midnight breed) very hard workers and very gentle until they supersede ( in my case with the German black bee).Somewhere we have lost the hardiness of our queens, i'm guessing through trying to breed for the perfect queen. JMHO. Jack
     

  3. blueblood

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    Back in the 60's

    Brooks, I was just a twinkle in my parent's eye....had we landed on the moon yet?
    :grin:
     
  4. brooksbeefarm

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    This was i think in 1965, not made it to the moon yet,:smile: but you might have been made on a moon lit night.:lol: Jack
     
  5. blueblood

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    Possibly, I am sure it was dark...but I believe it was prom and a blue Plymouth was involved....true story....:wink: And, the whole time I type this, Sting's, "walking on the moon," is playing in my mind, ha!
     
  6. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    Just so long as there wasn't an "old queen" involved.
     
  7. efmesch

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    If she's "just" working in an observation hive, she could have a few more years left of productivity. I've read that queens can even last six years.
    Take good care of her.
     
  8. Iddee

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    I think I have read that the record is 7 years 2 months. Don't ask where I read it. That was too many years ago.
     
  9. tecumseh

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    a snip...
    Are longevity genetics something that is sought after in a queen?

    tecumseh...
    well my guess (which really ain't so much a guess... details at 6 and below) is that the answer to your question is not just a little bit but a lot.

    as far as I know (can't say I am privy to all the detail) the essence of BWeaver stock is longevity.
     
  10. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Perhaps longevity becomes important when it's combined with an absence of the inclination to swarm. Those that swarm during their second year aren't around for you to benefit from their longevity---and they've taken part of your hive with them.