Carniolan bee (Apis mellifera Carnica) in Slovenia





Replacing or introducing queens   -  With queen cells

With queen cells 5.2.1.     Any queenless colony prefers to adopt mature queen cells, into which the queen is cutting the cap. Even a colony which has a queen will accept it. A queen cell is almost always a major unknown – a »pig in a poke«. We do not know what kind of young queen is in it, whether she may be injured or even dead. There foollows the uncertainty connected with fertility, when the queen can be lost. So for the most part, queen cells are used for emergency reserve colonies, where there is still later time for further selection of queens. Queen cells can also be used for the replacement of old queens in reserve bee colonies.

21 - A queen has just returned from the mating flight  


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With unmated queens