Multiple Queens in One Hive – Be a Part of a New Research Project

Many of us have heard about a queen and a daughter queen existing together in one hive, but not many have seen it in the hives. Not only is it possible, but James Withrow, a Ph.D student at NC State is looking for beekeepers to help with a study where multiple queens are introduced into hives on purpose. You can help. Here’s what James has shared with us. This includes the links you need to learn ore and participate in the study.


My name is James Withrow, and I am a graduate student at North Carolina State University. I am working on a project to improve management and productivity of honey bee colonies. The goal of the project is to learn whether professional and hobbyist beekeepers would be interested in using multiqueen honey bee colonies in their operations and how researchers can best support beekeepers like you. In order to figure this out, I am conducting a research study. I would like your input!

To participate, you must be 18 years old or older, live in the United States, and are a hobbyist or professional beekeeper. If you choose to participate in this research, you will complete an online survey where you will read a brief summary of multiqueen colony management and answer questions about your perceptions of beekeeping.

The survey should take about 15 minutes of your time. Participation is completely voluntary and all of your responses will be kept confidential. To ensure confidentiality, please take the survey in a private, quiet location and, if you would like, you are welcome to set your browser to private/incognito mode.

To participate, please click here to access the survey.

If you have questions about the research, please contact me at or 828-447-6427, You can also contact the faculty advisor for this protocol, Dr. Jean Goodwin, at or 919-515-8423.

Thank you for your time and help!

James M. Withrow | he/him/his
PhD Candidate | Biology & Entomology
NC State University