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Folks, what are the chances a capped queen cell that has endured a recent river flood (!) would be viable? Our friends awoke yesterday to see the rising Stones River sucking away their garden and three hives with it. They dove into the muck and got almost everything onto higher ground, but not before several boxes were filled with water. We spent the afternoon disassembling the boxes and bees that they were able to save, found one bedraggled queen and several frames of capped brood and capped queen cells. Anyone have experience with this to know whether any of the brood or the queen might emerge? I have my doubts, but they are under wax cappings. Thanks!
 

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They would suffocate. The Queen cells are not water/air tight as the larvae/pupae needs to breathe. Same with any developing brood.

Id get them settled in some dry ground for a few days then go through and check for queens. If no queen you may need a replacement from an outside source to save the colonies.

Bummer :(
 
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