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Photos of some Emergency Queen Cells

 
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Bruce_S
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:26 am    Post subject: Photos of some Emergency Queen Cells Reply with quote

Here are photos of some emergency queen cells that I found in one of my top bar hives: http://bit.ly/1sAJqJm
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice quality fotos Bruce. Your bees are very yellow, Carniolans? You mention emergency cells, is there no queen and no eggs?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:05 pm    Post subject: Photos of some Emergency Queen Cells Reply with quote

Thanks for the note about the photos. The bees are genetically diverse, but mostly Apis mellifera ligustica (Italian). Indeed, I could not find the queen after a detailed inspection of each top bar. Before she went missing, she had laid a small amount of eggs in the comb of two top bars. The worker bees used some of these eggs to develop the emergency queen cells. I counted 18 emergency queen cells in all.
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