Re: Cultured queen tougher than expected
Nice work Joseph, yes queen larvae seem particularly tough. I have had some similar experiences also where a cell I could not use was left laying on the bench for a few days, or other similar scenarios, then hatched, and I was able to find a nuc to put the virgin in. As often as not they will mate and become an apparently normal laying queen.
They are very fragile after pupation but prior to the pink eye stage though, does not take much to kill them then.
Still think it's important to have the best temperature possible for queen cells right through to hatching though, as born out by my results once I got my queen cell incubator really working well, have had lower mortality over numbers of queens.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).