I was helping a bee friend cut queen cells. Her primary hive has swarmed twice. The goal is to prevent future swarms. It is late in the season and she needs to recombine the two swarms with the primary hive and treat for mites.
We left one queen cell in the primary hive. Another queen cell was opened at the end. Maybe this was yesterday's swarm which she caught. When we cut open one queen cell the queen flew up and around and circled our veils. Another queen cell was dark at the point where the queen cell is attached to the comb. I thought the queen had died inside the cell. I was wrong. She put the queen cell in a canning jar (lid pierce with air holes) along with pieces of sugar candy and a damp towel and one nurse bee. It was late when we finished cutting cells. I thought it would be a good idea to put the worker bee in with the queen cell. The queen emerged and now the queen is chasing the worker bee around the jar.
The plan today is to recombine the two week old swarm with the primary hive. In two days we will recombine yesterday's swarm with the primary hive.
What about this newly emerged queen?