QC broken down after emerging?
I had a nice ripe capped queen cell in a queenless nuc that was due to emerge yesterday. I went to look today to see if it had emerged, expecting to see an open and empty QC, and there was no QC there at all anymore, just a smooth dimple in the comb as though nothing had ever been there! I had marked the frame and the side, and there were no remnants on other frames either. I know where it was, and now it's GONE.
So my question is- do the bees sometimes break down and remove the empty QC the day after the virgin emerges, as part of their housekeeping maybe? Kind of weird!
The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson