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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    If I was in the market for a large ant I would be posting on a large ant forum.
    I'm afraid we have lost sight of the original posters very important question
    One of my 3 queens stopped developing at the fully formed stage where they are still all white, what causes that any ideas
    Please don't say death I had already thought of that one

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    Chilling would be my best guess. I see that quite a bit where they develop to the white stage. I would guess about 3-4 days from emergence. Virus can affect queen development as well

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    Oooo ... I'm missing all the fun!

    Suspended animation I'd say. That lesser known trait in both native honeybees and wasps (technically: convergent evolution), an adaptation to help cope with a variable climate.

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    Dear Kieth

    I could never take a man seriously if he can't spell his own name correctly.

    Givan

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavin View Post
    Oooo ... I'm missing all the fun!

    Suspended animation I'd say. That lesser known trait in both native honeybees and wasps (technically: convergent evolution), an adaptation to help cope with a variable climate.
    Sorry Gavin
    I think Jon might be closer to the mark in this case no wonder the experts on here are raising big batches at a time
    I only had three sealed out of five and one was a dead duck
    anybody tried the Hopkins method I have pellets book but here's a web link for the curious
    http://www.beesource.com/point-of-vi...queen-rearing/
    P.s. might not be successful with wasps

    By the way that's good point Givan spelling is an important skil

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Drone Ranger View Post
    anybody tried the Hopkins method I have pellets book but here's a web link for the curious
    http://www.beesource.com/point-of-vi...queen-rearing/
    I was emailing back and forth with a guy who does this in cork.. I think it could work just as well using a queenright cell raising colony as per Ben harden method, just set the little eke with horizontal frame over the top box. Some insulating material above the crownboard might be advisable if temperature isn't that high because the cells aren't in between other brood frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Drone Ranger View Post
    I only had three sealed out of five and one was a dead duck l
    Now that is a remarkable achievement.

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    Hornets, big ants and mallards from Scotland's most esoteric beekeeper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavin View Post
    Dear Kieth

    I could never take a man seriously if he can't spell his own name correctly.

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    Though there is already a "Keith" on the forum and you can't have two

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    Jon
    Everybody does it haven't you heard queens quacking to one another

    Brothermoo thanks for the tips I need to get a frame of new wax laid up by my best queen
    If that works out I will have a go

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