Something odd here... check my math. What's happening?
Checked a colony that I'd introduced a caged queen into 14 days ago. There was one solitary bee on the tele cover when I set it down, and it was a golden queen (not the one I'd bought ). In the colony were eggs, capped brood, few/no larvae, and at least 15 queen cells, both capped and uncapped with well-developed larvae in them.
Is this a virgin queen who hasn't killed the other cells? Where'd the eggs come from then? I guess I could've missed a queen cell when I introduced the cage, but I was really thorough I thought.
Can a laying queen who can't be more than two weeks old already be superceded? Something isn't adding up here.
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