I placed a frame of eggs in a queenless nuc box 32 days ago. They developed some emergency queen cells. I checked the hive today for a laying queen. The hive was still broodless. No eggs. I found the queen. She was near the entrance to the hive on the screened bottom board with either a circle of bees around her or a clump of bees on top of her. I can’t remember. I blew on them because I had not seen the queen yet and I did not know what I was seeing. She then ran for the entrance which I blocked with my arm and then she started scrambling up the side of the box to go out the top so I put a cover on. Then I looked into the nuc box again and never having seen this behavior I would say they were balling her. They were all piled on top of her and I assume killing her. I put the hive back together and I don’t know what to think. Any chance the queen survived? Could something else have been going on besides killing her? Did I do something to cause this? Maybe it was a virgin queen that returned to the wrong hive. Also 2 days ago I had a mated laying queen fly off while I was combining a hive. Perhaps it was her. The queen did not look to me like a virgin queen but I was so flustered I am not sure. I have had 2 queens fly away during inspections this summer so all I could think about was don’t let this one fly away. Perhaps I should have. So I assume I have a queen less hive again.