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Laying Workers – Part 1

A package queen was not successful in heading a package colony. John shows the symptoms of a laying worker colony and explains the process of using newspaper to slowly combine the weak colony with a stronger colony. Eggs and drone cells are clearly shown. 

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Questions:

  1. What are two symptoms of a laying worker colony?
  2. Where will the eggs be in the cell of a laying worker colony?
  3. How many eggs may be in a cell of a laying worker colony?
  4. The emerging brood in a laying worker colony will be will be what?
  5. How many sheets of newspaper are placed between the two colonies when being combined?
  6. When combining is the weaker or stronger colony placed above the other?