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After a new queen has emerged from her cell, do the workers tear down the cell? To a point where it might difficult or impossible for a beekeeper to tell where it was afterward?

Last time I opened the hive, there were two large queen cells. I have an observation window in the hive, and I could see one very clearly. Now, for the life of me, I can't find it. It could just be piled over with bees (I haven't reopened the hive yet as I'm trying to minimize doing so), but I thought I'd ask the question.

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Adam
 

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Adam,
You can find old queen cell cups in the brood combs that might go back 5-7+ years.
I have observed the lower half of queen cells on old brood combs that I know are 5 years old and much older.
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Don't forget; "it all depends"

That's why it's good to start by saying "In my experience, . . . "

In my experience, the cells will get knocked down a bit, but I can usually tell where a queen cell was. I don't think any of us have actually done a control study to prove one way or another. We're going on what we tend to see in our own hives.
 
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