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  1. #1
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    Default New Queen

    My bees superseded the old queen. We had 8 capped queen cells last weekend, many have hatched. There were a few more that weren't hatched as of today. I saw a large queen that appeared to be mated. She was trudging along like a queen does, but I didn't see many attendants. She was DEFINITELY a queen. I don't believe she's started to lay yet. I tried to get a picture of her, but I has having camera trouble. I think I may have captured her here. Towards the upper right part of the comb. Her head is hidden. Do you think that's definitely her. If she's mated, she could possibly have a few more mating flights to do, correct?? Should I see her laying by the weekend. Do you think she'll be *the* queen?? I didn't see any others, but I would have a hard time spotted a queen who wasn't mated.

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    Default Re: New Queen

    In the supersedure process, the old queen doesn't have to be missing. When both mother and daughter are co existing, it's called an "efficient" supersedure.

    Walt

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    Default Re: New Queen

    This is definitely a new queen. I didn't see the old queen during two previous inspections, and no larva has been laid in the past week.

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