Queen laying question

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  1. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    This is going to sound strange coming from an old beekeeper, but i'd never gave it much thought or read anything that i remember? I've always thought that the queen layed in a cell and the workers built a queen cell over it, and i've had my suspicion of workers putting eggs in a queen cell (or cup).Maybe i'm getting senile,but do queens lay in a queen cell knowing this will be her demise :confused: Had a fellow ask me that and i couldn't give him an honest answer. I should know this. :roll: Jack
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Swarm cells are laid in by the queen.
    Emergency cells are built around existing larva.
    Supercedure cells, I don't know.
     

  3. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    to complete Iddee line of though... superscedure cells are drawn out from worker cells.

    the only instance when the queen should lay in a prepared queen cell cup is when she is fixin' to boogie on down the road.
     
  4. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    I had always heard that the queen would only lay in a swarm cell,but didn't really know? It's a wake-up call when someone pins you down. :confused: Which brings up the question. Are the workers the government and the queen the pawn, or is she the queen and the workers her subjects. In other words,who's making all the major decisions inside the hive. :mrgreen: Jack
     
  5. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Neither.... They all have their job, and they do it without supervision. That's why it works. No blaming the other guy.
     
  6. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    It does make you wonder the process they go through to make,or how they make the decision to replace a failing queen. A colony vote or just the house bees. :confused: Jack
     
  7. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Pheremones.... If she smells good, fine. If she doesn't, they all start looking for a replacement. No words needed.
     
  8. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    Hmmmm, maybe i should tell my wife to quit putting bee-go behind my ears when i go to town . Jack