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Finman 

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http://www.caspianapiaries.com/info/MatingQueens.pdf

The Queen's Mating Behaviour

Mature4 days

Time to First Mating Flight [95% to 100%]7 to 10 days

Time to First Mating Flight With Feeding [95% to 100%]6 to 8 days

Maximum Time for Flight22 days

Time to First Eggs [> 90%]14 days
Time
to First Eggs With Feeding [> 90%]9 to 12 days

Time of Day for Flightnoon to 4:00Time of Day for Flight [90%]2:00 to 4:00Optimum


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I cannot agree with this max of 22 days. I have known successful mating as late as 30.

However that was AMM in Scotland.

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Comprehensive stuff- only thing it doesn't mention is how many mating flights a day the queen may take - any ideas?
 

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Yes - but it doesn't say over what timescale this happens. What I was meaning was how many times per day will she go on a mating flight- or is it strictly once a day?
 

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It makes them usually in 2-3 days.

I have seen that if second day is rainy, queen continues mating on third day.
 

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The yanks, ausies and kiwis always seem to quote short times before their queens are laying - lucky bas..ds !
 

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