How many times does a queen honey bee mate?

Bee Health November 10, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF
A queen mates during the first 1-2 weeks of her adult life. She can take multiple mating flights and mated with several males – on average 12-15. Increasing the genetic diversity of the colony is important for colony productivity and disease resistance. - Christina Grozinger, Pennsylvania State University

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.