Seriously?!?! Usually, when I spot my queens, they're scooting out of sight or hiding under a bunch of bees. Often, a quick flash of an abdomen or their different way of walking is how I spot them.
Just for fun, I thought I'd give you a real-life "Where's Queenie?" kind of page to help hone your queen spotting skills. I'll update this page periodically so that there will be new challenges.
P.S. I've deliberately picked photos that were kind of challenging. If you scroll down to the end of each batch of photos, there will be an answer key.
Photos added 6/12/2016:
|9. If you can't see her, don't feel bad. It's a terrible photo.|
You can just barely see her abdomen in this one. I found her on the ground after a bear attack.
|8. Same queen on the ground|
Hint -- the following queens are all virgins, so they're smaller and harder to spot than mated ones.
Answer Key for 6/12/2016:
|8 -- This is the queen's hiney. |
Notice how the legs are different on her.