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I put a Minn. hygenic queen into this hive in May. Three days after putting her container in the hive, I checked and she had been released. Two weeks later, I checked carefully each frame in my 8 frame medium super, finding no queen nor any eggs or larva. I assumed she was dead and began adding a frame of eggs from another hive. A week later, I looked again thoroughly through the hive and found one frame with a few eggs. Subsequently, the hive has been building well with a good laying pattern, almost entirely worker cells, and things look great. I have yet to see the queen again, though. On my last inspection earlier this week, I noticed upon examing the frame closely this bee in the upper right. Is this the queen? There certainly is no laying worker in evidence and other bees have their heads down in cells on the perimeter of the frame that have some honey in them, but this one has her abdomen in the cell. Just curious. If it is her, she seems darker than most Italian queens I've had that usually have a long, very golden abdomen.
 

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The one with her rear end in the cell may be the queen. Hard to tell really, but I doubt it. How long was she when she pulled out of it?
 

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jw, I actually didn't see her on the frame at the time. It was only when looking at the image later that I saw what appeared to be a queen with her rear end in the cell. Difficult to tell from the photo, I agree.
 

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That does not look like the queen, a worker putting pollen into a cell (scraping it off of her legs).
 

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I agree. Behavior is all wrong as well, the queen has an entourage of bees that follow her around and crowd her.

I like to blow on the frames to identify a queen, when the bees run around it is easy to find the queen because all the bees get out of her way.

There will be no doubt in your mind when you find her
 

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FWIW, I received a breeder queen that went a long time before starting to lay eggs. I mentioned it to the breeder and he said to put a frame of brood in with the queen. She was laying when I checked the next day. Joseph C. can you explain that to us? :)

No queen in the picture.
 

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I had one run tonight to the bottom of the hive below the frames. Saw her for a second on the side of the box. Had them do this quite a bit when using thr smoker. I usually wait until I find her on a frame rather than searching through the entire box. Will check again in about 3-4 days.
 

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The queen is the only female bee in the hive with no fur on her thorax. I'm quite certain you have one, but they can be hard to spot -- especially if you need to find her!

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The queen is the only female bee in the hive with no fur on her thorax. I'm quite certain you have one, but they can be hard to spot -- especially if you need to find her!

Peter
That's what I was going to add. I'm no veteran, but EVERY queen I've seen anywhere doesn't have fur on her thorax, so unless there are exceptions, that's a dead giveaway.
 

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I do see capped worker brood in the pic, so there was a fertile queen in there at least 9 days ago.
 

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Like G3farms said, there is or was a queen in there because of the capped brood. You beat me to it.
 
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