Re: Why would workers ball young queen in a nuke?
It's one of the oddities of "beehavior". Seems like an inspection when a new queen is just getting established can, on occasion, trigger an event like this and the reason most experienced beekeepers choose to leave newly introduced queens alone for a couple of weeks to get established. If you are sure it is a viable, young queen I would suggest caging, and reintroducing her if she hasn't been too badly mauled. However, if she appears to be an older queen it may be part of an orderly supercedure.
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