Queen Cell and Emergency Queen

Last weekend we did the cutout for a colony living inside a birdhouse. The birdhouse bees swarmed before we brought it home. Inside we found a dud capped queen cell, a good full sized queen cell, and an emergency queen cell. Below is from today’s inspection. Both the emergency queen cell and regular queen cell are open, meaning the queens have emerged.

Looking through all the frames and bees twice we only found the emergency queen. She’s TINY. But then I’ve had small queens in the past produce like mad. Also a note, the other day I found a dead queen about 15 to 20 feet away from the hives. It could have been the virgin queen coming out for a mating flight but returned to the wrong hive and was killed.

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