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  1. #1
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    Default Cells hatched but no queens??!!

    Decided to post a new thread just to keep things tidy and separated here on the board. I thank all of you for your insight on the cloake board issue, tons of great information. My queen cells were due to hatch yesterday (9/3). I hung 2 cells in one of the nucs that I made up, and checked things today. Both cells hatched (see picture), but I cannot find a queen. Its only a 5 frame nuc, I figured I would be able to see the queen rather quickly. Any thoughts on what may have happened??

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  2. #2
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    Default Re: Cells hatched but no queens??!!

    They may be in there, just difficult to see. Many queens in my nucs don't get spotted until they are laying, for some reason.

  3. #3

    Default Re: Cells hatched but no queens??!!

    Virgin queens can be nearly indistinguishable from their sisters. Patience.
    Another week and she should begin to mate. A week later she will just begin to lay. And a week after that you should see larvae. And at that point she should be pretty easy to spot.
    Good luck
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Cells hatched but no queens??!!

    I had some in 3 frame mating nucs this summer and the virgin queens were nearly impossible to find but 2 weeks later they were laying and easy to find.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Cells hatched but no queens??!!

    Have seen them take flight when pulling out frame

    When you check do it real early or way late so they are not out on a flight

  6. #6
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    Tucson, Arizona, USA
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    Default Re: Cells hatched but no queens??!!

    Like Velbert said, virgin queens are often away from home, learning how to fly well.
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  7. #7
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    Default Re: Cells hatched but no queens??!!

    yup virgin queens are small , and run like crazy! not like a mated queen.... they are not usually even looking in cells. give em at least a week prfereably 2 then worry

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