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Response of a queen-right colony to introduced virgin and mated queens

Response of a queen-right colony to introduced virgin and mated queens

Amer Bee J 107(9): 330-331

When mated queen honey bees were dropped into queen-right glass-walled observation hives, the worker bees balled and killed them within lmin. When unmated virgins were similarly introduced, those 5 to 8 days old were killed within 15 min., while those 1 to 3 days old were killed in about 25 min. Masking their odors by smoking both the virgins and the hive increased their survival to about 4 hr. Virgins frequently elicited attention and aggression alternately, but were eventually killed. The established queen paid no attention to introduced virgins, even when they came in direct contact with each other.

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