Queen Cell Pics--Winner Takes All

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by dr.buzz, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. dr.buzz

    dr.buzz New Member

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    Just thought I'd share a couple photos of two queen cells we found in a hive today. I guess we all know that (usually) the first queen that emerges will kill any other queens that haven't emerged yet. The queen that emerges will chew a circular cut around the tip of the cell, like the first photo below, but a queen cell with the side ripped open indicates a queen that didn't emerge fast enough and was killed with a sting from the winner, like in the second photo below. These were two queen cells that I started a little three frame nuc with earlier in the month, one queen cell on each frame...I guess I didn't need to put in two queen cells, but better safe than sorry....
    emerged-queen-cell.jpg

    killed-queen.jpg
     
  2. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Great to see the comparison so clearly. :thumbsup:
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    good pics for the comparison, thanks for posting them!
     
  4. jim314

    jim314 New Member

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    I appreciate the pics also. Thanks for posting them
     
  5. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    for folks that produce their own cells or if you have a inexpensive source of purchased cells two cells is a good idea no matter what size the queen mating unit. at the price quoted for cells by some folks two cells per mating unit seems to be uneconomical relative to simply buying purchased queens.
     
  6. bamabww

    bamabww New Member

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    Those pictures helped me a lot. Thanks.
     
  7. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    :coolphotos: Nice and clear. Keep those photos coming. :smile: