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    One of my TBHs swarmed about a week ago. Caught the swarm, hived it in another TBH. The queen cell in the old hive hatched a few days ago. I haven't looked for her so I don't know her status. On a whim, I took a comb with eggs from another hive and dropped it into this hive, curious to see if they would build a queen cell while waiting for their virgin to mate. THEY DID. I know I'm cutting it close but I'll give them time to cap it and then pull it out. Hope the new queen cooperates.
    "Lead, follow, or get out of they way". Thomas Paine

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    I would question whether or not they have a virgin if they raised a cell. Perhaps she was lost on a mating flight? A unit with a viable virgin is usually reluctant to rear cells. Did the unit have hatched cells after the swarm?
    John B Jacob www.oldsolbees.com

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    JBJ, it appears you are correct. Did a thorough search today and could not locate the new queen.(There was a sealed cell when they swarmed...it hatched in the next day or two) They have also started 2 more queen cells. That about clinches it. I left the cells in the hive.
    "Lead, follow, or get out of they way". Thomas Paine

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