Can this be a laying worker?
I have a new package of bees that was installed in one deep of drawn comb 3 weeks ago. I inspected for the first time the other day (after checking for queen release 3 days after installation), and found tons of drone brood in a very sparse and spotty pattern all over most of the frames, and found many cells with 2-5 eggs. I found no single eggs. I was thinking laying worker(s), but then remembered reading that laying workers cannot lay in the bottom of the cell due to their short abdomens. Is this true, or do they ever lay on the bottom? I have not seen the queen, but have not really looked that hard. I have transferred a frame of eggs and open worker brood from another hive to correct the laying worker issue, but now I'm thinking I need to find the drone-laying queen, pinch her, and let them raise a new queen. What would you do?
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