Re: can anyone explain what happened?
Weird things happen.
At dusk, two days ago, a colony we hived from an April NUC was swarming (yes, it has done really well). A cantaloupe sized swarm landed in the tree above the hives and things settled down, with some of the bees returning to the hive. I put the swarm in a NUC box. No queen in the NUC box next morning when I split the swarming hive (the queen can be the last bee to leave the hive in a swarm). I looked for and didn't find one queen cell, not one.
I did see a slender (read small) queen in the swarming hive the next morning. (Ten days ago, the queen in that hive was healthy, fat, and laying like she should). Do I have a virgin queen? Where is the healthy queen who has done so well up to now?
I read a remark about the bees helping the queen get ready (thinner) to swarm....Anybody read about that?
Things aren't supposed to be this complicated
I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up :)