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Response to Javaman (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 07:28 AM

3. Do bees do the "kill all offspring of the previous leader" thing?


Thinking here of the way that a new alpha in a pack will kill (or drive away at least)
the offspring of the old alpha, would a new queen in a colony do the same?

If not, surely the already laid eggs are incapable of being "deafricanized" and so
the problem will continue unless the colony is destroyed?

Or am I misunderstanding the idea of "Africanized"? Is it a behavioural (= learned)
term rather than a species as such?

I don't raise bees and know little about them compared to a bee-keeper so was
surprised by the suggestion that there would be a solution that didn't involved
extermination of the colony of invaders ... but am willing to learn!

(Edited for typo ... "beek-keeper"? Honestly ... )

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