today i opened my hive(first and only hive from august, 2001); i have been monitoring the hive all winter; all is well, healthy bees and they are busy, busy!
i could not find my new queen from last year (august nuc); she was marked with white dot. I did find eggs and larvae of varying stages and as i progressed into the top box the larvae got younger.
i finally found a queen! she was not marked! surely there is no way the paint mark wore off , right? Is this a new queen that the hive produced, naturally?
also, i am checking my copy of "the hive and the honey bee" to confirm what i believe is queen cells....if i found a queen , will she kill the larvae in these cells?
i rotated boxes top to bottom; plenty of honey left in frames (4 full);
should i split this hive? or add a third deep box?
advice, commentary, help is appreciated!!
It's possible that your queen may have been superseded. Check for remnants of cell bases around the top and edges of the frames. However, I have seen marked queens that have been stripped of their marking because I saw flecks of paint on the frames and combs.