Moving a colony with a virgin queen

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Moving a colony with a virgin queen

Postby Mark Smith » Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:24 pm

I have a colony with a virgin queen that I have seen. Is it safe to assume that once she starts laying that mating flights are complete? The reason I ask is that I need to move the colony and I don't want to move it until she's done mating. Thanks.

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Re: Moving a colony with a virgin queen

Postby GregV » Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:16 pm

Mark Smith wrote:I have a colony with a virgin queen that I have seen. Is it safe to assume that once she starts laying that mating flights are complete? The reason I ask is that I need to move the colony and I don't want to move it until she's done mating. Thanks.


I say so.
If she is laying and stable at that - move normally as needed.

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Re: Moving a colony with a virgin queen

Postby Michael Bush » Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:13 pm

>Is it safe to assume that once she starts laying that mating flights are complete?

Yes.
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Re: Moving a colony with a virgin queen

Postby Mark Smith » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:41 pm

GregV wrote:
Mark Smith wrote:I have a colony with a virgin queen that I have seen. Is it safe to assume that once she starts laying that mating flights are complete? The reason I ask is that I need to move the colony and I don't want to move it until she's done mating. Thanks.


I say so.
If she is laying and stable at that - move normally as needed.


Thank you

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Re: Moving a colony with a virgin queen

Postby Mark Smith » Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:43 pm

Michael Bush wrote:>Is it safe to assume that once she starts laying that mating flights are complete?

Yes.

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