I lost the queen that I installed with a package this spring. Same thing last year about this time. I did start a nuc with about 5 frames as back up earlier this year "June". It was started with a frame of what appeared to be new larva and eggs. My first attempt ever at starting a queen. I did find what appeared to be the queen in the nuc. There was eggs and new larva, but the queen appeared to be quite small compared to the one that came with the package. How old whould the queen be that came with a package be? My plan is to either combine these two hives or buy a new queen. Any advice would be appreciated.

[This message has been edited by redmcc (edited August 25, 2003).]