16764Re: Tiny but prolific queen
- Nov 2, 2012Actually, yes I do although some hate to see that nomenclature used. I have removed several nasty hives, and my first hive that had moved into my garden was likely highly africanized, yet in these hives I typically find "normal" sized queens.
While africanization is possible and quite likely, this queen is producing a rather docile hive, as long as I smoke them before opening the hive they are always calm and gentle, if I forget however I am inundated with a rather large number of bees, yet they do not follow me very far, nor are usually more than one or two intent on trying to sting me thru my suit.
I know africanized bees originally tended to be on the small side, they have crossed so much with our European bees that small size is not necessarily a factor in determining level of africanization.
Our small cell bees from foundationless hives are just as often confused with African bees simply due to their small size.
I am currently working on a difficult removal of a highly aggressive hive, that becomes incensed when exposed to smoke, which makes handling them even more difficult. I wouldn't be surprised if genetically these bees are highly africanized, if the genetic test were done, yet their queen was of normal size.
So with that said, I don't think that small size is necessarily an indicator of level of africanization, but of course it is a possibility.
--- In Beekeeping@yahoogroups.com, Mike S <mws1112004@...> wrote:
> >>>ï¿½ï¿½ ....I noticed what I thought was a worker, acting like a queen....;ï¿½ ...all I find laying is this tiny queen.ï¿½ï¿½ Has anyone else noticed tiny queens like this?
> You failed to mention your general area.ï¿½ I am wondering if you might happen to live in an area inhabited by Africanized bees.
> Mike in LA
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