Re: Virgin queen in hive?
When I went thru the hive, I was thinking they were queenless since I didn't find brood in the lower boxes. But they didn't sound queenless.
Then I found the random pattern of drone brood (two drone grubs in the same cell, bad spacing, etc) and assumed it was a laying worker. I was just about done when I spotted the queen. So, they have a queen, but they don't have a leader.
Oh, and they are messing up my/their nice honey frames and making them into brood frames.
Now I just have to replace her. I want a local queen, but it's too early here - no one has them yet. My cutout sounds like the best way to go. It's been in the house for years, could be interesting.