Requeening. Bob Livingston Apalachee Beekeepers 02/14/2012. What is requeening?. The replacement of a colony’s mother queen by a younger queen (typically one that has been purchased or reared to have favorable traits). Why would you want to requeen?. Maximize honey production
Colonies with younger queens are also less likely to swarm.
Requeening of the colony also allows the beekeeper to have some control over the stinging temperament of the colony.
a break in the brood cycle which makes varroa mite treatments more effective
mites are on the bees (phoretic) rather than in capped cells