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
...We don't see things as they are, we see things as WE are...