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Drones?
« on: May 09, 2018, 10:47:50 pm »
I've got this hive I started from a swarm I caught on April 28 and hived at that time. Checked it 10 days later and found a lot of eggs all in worker cells. Checked again a few days ago and all cells are capped. All workers-no drones.

 Yesterday I was observing the goings-on at the landing board and I observed several drones entering and leaving the hive. These are either visiting mooches from local colonies or they came with the swarm. Hence my question.

Do drones leave the hive with the swarm or stay behind with the parent colony?
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Re: Drones?
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2018, 12:03:10 am »
Ya know Neil, that never occurred to me! And as I recall, when I'm catching or gathering a swarm, I don't think I've seen drones in a swarm cluster... Good Question!
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Re: Drones?
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2018, 05:47:18 pm »
Some leave with the swarm, and drones drift between hives also so some will get let in that way.
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Re: Drones?
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2018, 04:12:09 pm »
The last swarm I trapped (last week) had a lot of drones with it.  I thought to myself, "Why did you invite these freeloaders along?"  Drones are bad about floating from one hive to another.  I am sure they are in cahoots with varroa mites.  The drones help spread the mites around.  :D

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Re: Drones?
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2018, 04:47:24 pm »
The last swarm I trapped (last week) had a lot of drones with it.  I thought to myself, "Why did you invite these freeloaders along?"  Drones are bad about floating from one hive to another.  I am sure they are in cahoots with varroa mites.  The drones help spread the mites around.  :D

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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2018, 10:39:16 pm »
Thanks B13, that's what I was wondering. I had a similar reaction.  :D

WM, I had to click on that link. Who knew, a group named Incahoots. :)
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2018, 10:42:35 pm »
I would apologize for my bad sense of humor ...

... but it wouldn't do any good.  I know I'll just do it again.   :-[
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Re: Drones?
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2018, 06:22:14 am »
back in the 70's we had a blue grass band here called the road apples.

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Re: Drones?
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2018, 09:00:29 am »

In Cahoots?  Dancing with the pretty young worker bees, no doubt:

https://www.incahoots.com/

I can visualize drones with little cowboy boots on.
This is what I do with cowboy boots.



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Re: Drones?
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2018, 05:18:50 pm »

In Cahoots?  Dancing with the pretty young worker bees, no doubt:

https://www.incahoots.com/

I can visualize drones with little cowboy boots on.
This is what I do with cowboy boot





Oops!  Are we getting off topic?  I couldn't resist.

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Re: Drones?
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2018, 05:32:38 pm »


Wha a waste of good leather. Yer breakin’ my heart!

 :laugh: :laugh:  There are big holes the size of your fist in the soles.  These boots don't owe anybody any money.

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Re: Drones?
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2018, 08:51:33 pm »
This is the reason there are not to many cobblers any more! this and cheap imports from the Asian countries.
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Re: Drones?
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2018, 08:09:13 am »
We have hijacked Neil's thread.  We don't want riverbee to start scolding us!  She might do a tornado dance or something.  ;D

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Re: Drones?
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2018, 12:33:11 pm »
As far as I'm concerned, I enjoy some of these little rabbit trails. :) One reason why I would make a poor mod. :)
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« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2018, 01:07:29 pm »
We have hijacked Neil's thread.  We don't want riverbee to start scolding us!  She might do a tornado dance or something.  ;D



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Re: Drones?
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2018, 05:53:25 am »
 :laugh: :laugh: :goodone: