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Local feral survivors in eight frame medium boxes.
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>How long can I bank virgins...will bees care for them at all?

In my experience, no, they don't care for them and they often die. A few days is the maximum. From emergence they have a window of three weeks to find good weather and get mated. After that they will mate but become drone layers.

>How best to release them in nucs?

Smoke the nuc. Run them in.

>I am not certain the QCs will emerge so don't want to pull apart hives to make up nucs I may not need.

You can always recombine.

>If the consensus is to place QCs rather than virgins I will do so.

That's what I would do. You have no introduction issues...
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