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I had started a thread asking earlier about a hatched cell and still seeing the mother, well, that was a couple weeks ago or better. I think M. Bush told me that they may live together until the bees decide to make a choice. Well, that's what they are doing, plugging every available cell. I think they chose to supersede the mother due to a wing issue. But shes in there still laying away. Sorry her pic isn't that clear. I am amazed by the difference in color from mother to daughter. From almost solid red to heavily striped. Any thoughts on that?
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Thats what I figured, Seems alot of darker colors coming in with the open mated queens this year. Ive got 3 colors of bees in a couple hives..... Yeah, it is cool, will be interesting to see how it all works out. G:popcorn:
 

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Here's a pic from one of my hives a few years ago. I've seen 2 queens in a hive a few times since then but this was certainly the most obvious!
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With my limit experience with two queens hives, this is what I noticed.
Might be a genetic factor that makes a two queen hive (AHB can have many queens). The size of the hive also may play a part in it, a 3 deep hive might be more likely to have two queens.

From a resent made a split with the queen (the sister hive was a two queen hive) there was one queen cell, I remove the queen and left them the capped q cell. They made several emergency cells after the queen was gone. My though was if they were going to swarm they would have more Q cells, if they wanted to supersedure they would have also made more than one.

I have the queen in a nuc with different bees, it will be curious if these new bee replace here or keep her.
 
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