Virgin vs. Mated queen


There has been some interest in seeing the difference between virgin and mated queens. I had the opportunity to snap a few pictures of both, so I figured I would share them.

The picture below is a virgin queen.

The next picture is a mated queen. There are very distinct differences.

Once you see them up close its fairly easy to tell the difference. The virgin has a much more V shaped abdomen that a mated queen. The virgin is also noticeably shorter in length. You might notice that the body segments on the mated queen are much more stretched out.

I hope you enjoyed learning the difference. Thanks



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