Yesterday, I was looking in the brood box and found a new queen which the bees were tolerating. Looking further through the frames I found the mother queen which I had marked several weeks ago. Also I saw 3 queen cells where the occupants had recently hatched.
I had used the mother in a display case which caused her to be removed from the hive for one day about two weeks ago.
Today, I thought I would use the old mother queen to start a nucleus colony. Found her and put her in with brood frames and bees from her existing hive. Then I thought I would find the daughter queen. I noticed a ball of bees on the floor of the hive and after separating them found the new queen. Having no cage with me I decided to place her on a brood frame above the excluder and instantly she started getting balled again. I smeared the queen with honey and closed the hive.
My questions are:-
(A) Did the one day separation of the queen cause the 3 new cells to be built?
(B) Why did the bees above the excluder attack her so readily. Was she marked with a pheremone by the bees that were originally balling her or had she had a possible fight with the Mother Queen who impregnated her with an imposter pheremone? After all, she was being tolerated yesterday. Why was she getting balled today?