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Today when filling my top feeders there was a queen on top of the inner screen cover just wandering around. I put her back in the hive. Any idea how a queen would end up on top of the screen inner cover. She would have had to leave the hive and crawlor fly to the top. I have never seen this before.
 

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smoke from the top, drive them down instead of smoking from the entrance, may help. or you just opened it to fill feeders and it was there? I've had a few walk outside here lately, keep getting small swarms/absconds.
 

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Just opened the top cover and she was sitting on the top of the screen inner cover. Only a about 4 other bees on the cover.
smoke from the top, drive them down instead of smoking from the entrance, may help. or you just opened it to fill feeders and it was there? I've had a few walk outside here lately, keep getting small swarms/absconds.
 

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Are you sure that the queen above was the queen of that particular colony? She could have been a strange queen that entered above the inner cover, assuming you had an inner cover with an upper entrance.
 

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Sure.
Had a case of the same this summer - accidentally found the queen mostly alone ABOVE the inner cover.
She was escorted back inside.
Upon the next inspection, 2-3 weeks later, this particular hive was queen-less and brood-less (in June!).
I never understood what happened.
 

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Sure.
Had a case of the same this summer - accidentally found the queen mostly alone ABOVE the inner cover.
She was escorted back inside.
Upon the next inspection, 2-3 weeks later, this particular hive was queen-less and brood-less (in June!).
I never understood what happened.
Similar here - this June I found a queen all alone above screened inner cover, after moving her back in the hive, she was accepted OK, but then turned into drone layer... I could never understand how she got there as there did not seem to be any entrance into that space - hole to the hive was screened, no entrance slot in front. My only guess is that somehow she got hitched on my hand during inspection and jumped down just before closing the lid, sounds far fetched, but I can't think of another way.
 

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In my case (I use soft inner covers) the bees can always come up for any old reason.
So, the queen also can.
But this is rather unusual - there is nothing there for the queen.

I feel such instances maybe an indication something wrong is going on - maybe the bees softly escorted the undesired queen out (for any old reason). A desired and productive queen mid-summer will be in the brood nest working the ***** off non-stop.
There is no time or motivation for questionable and risky hikes.
 

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Check for another queen. They may have superseded her from that hive or another. They could have been running her around and she escaped eventual death. J
 
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