Re: Virgin queen in hive?
kurt, i think i missed the part about finding the queen in your first post, sorry about that.
in the four hives i mentioned above there was no queen, and only spotty capped drone brood in both drone comb and worker comb.
so mine were queenless and developed laying workers, a different scenario than yours.
so you have the pattern of a laying worker as walt describes, but still have a queen....weird!
journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives