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New queen Mating flights


Hi all,
New queen just hatched in queen less brood.
She has taken flight.
Anybody any idea how many workers fly with her?

Yes I’m nb


A virgin queen takes orientation flights on her own, early in the day.
When she flies to mate, according to Tautz, she is accompanied by anything up to several hundred experienced foragers who guide her towards a DCA.
In apiary vicinity matings the number of chaperones are said to be much smaller


Thanks Dee
My neighbour did say that there was a couple hundred.
Just have to sit up and wait for the dirty stop outs to reappear.


She usually goes out between 11-4 pm and can mate with 40+ drones. Make sure she didn’t get eaten by a bird :open_mouth: