Re: Queenless in AZ?, check pics
How many hives do you have to work w/? Looks like you have a laying worker laying multiple eggs in each cell. Combine this colony w/ another one and then later in the season make a split and you will be back to the number you already have.
As far as the queen cell is concerned, bees do that. They don't know they don't have a queen, but they know they need to replace the queen they have. They think they do have a queen. That's why trying to add a caged queen to this colony won't work.
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