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  1. #1
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    Default Laying workers?

    I am trying to figure out if one of my two hives is queenless. I have failed to see one for several weeks now. I have noticed no eggs or small larvae for at least 3 weeks until a couple of days ago when I saw a few small larvae. Now I am wondering if these might be from laying workers. My question is this: when capped, will the worker-laid drone brood be capped in the larger drone cells like those that the queen lays? Therefore, if I see non-drone capped cells, can I conclude that there is a queen laying within the past 3 weeks? Thanks!

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    Default Re: Laying workers?

    Drone brood will look like drone brood with a bullet type cap, maybe even more exagerated if the eggs were laid in worker cells.

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    Default Re: Laying workers?

    So, any time there is non-drone capped brood, then there must have been a laying queen in the past 3 weeks?

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