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On July 3, I inspected hives. Just in time to watch a new queen come out of her cell and run across my finger before disappearing down between the frames. When will she go on her mating flight? How many days from hatching? And will I notice increased activity around the hive when she does go out and come back in?
 

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No increased activity. She leaves alone, finds a drone congregation area, mates with several drones and returns with a big smile on her face. Sometimes it was so good for her that she'll try again the next day and maybe a third day. Little tramps! ;)
 

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Last one I was observing, I think there where more drones at my entrance in the afternoon. Might be a coincidence.
 
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