One of my hives has been queenless for around 2 months now. Originally there were lots of queen cells, some of these definitely hatched but I could never find any evidence of a queen thereafter.
About 1 week ago I introduced some more brood and straight away they started making queen cells from these. So thinking they must definitely still be queenless I introduced a new queen a couple of days later.
Yesterday I searched through, no evidence of my new queen, clearly not accepted and killed. No eggs or new larva, but the queen cells had been torn down.
Then I suddenly spotted a very small queen barely bigger than the rest dashing across a frame!! I saw her twice and just managed to snap a photo... but then I searched & searched and just could not find her again! ... She has quite badly damaged wings, they look chewed, photo attached... so I am not sure if she can fly to get mated (assuming she is still a virgin).
I would really like to re-queen these but guessing it wont work until I manage to find this little minx and remove her.... I have introduced more brood again, but I am guessing she will just kill any queens they make? . . .
... does anyone know if the bees will eventually get rid of her? . . . or must I keep trying to find her?