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... It's enough to ruin a happy marriage. Etc...

For the second year running, I have two Queens coexisting in a hive, and am coming to learn that this is not uncommon. Last year, they lived together all season, with the old Queen prevailing. This, I expect will turn out somewhat differently...

... Not least as I found a single, charged, cell on the edge of an adjacent frame. Go figure!

No idea what they are up to (my guess is that the workers loyal to the older Queen are trying to supersede her. Even though she's a 2023 Queen, her wings are a little nibbled and she is not moving well - whereas the other one looks good, and I have seen her depositing eggs).

On the basis the bees know best, I have just left that cell. Wise idea ?

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I think I might have popped the old one in a nuc with a couple of frames. and destroyed the queen cell but that is just me!
 
... It's enough to ruin a happy marriage. Etc...

For the second year running, I have two Queens coexisting in a hive, and am coming to learn that this is not uncommon. Last year, they lived together all season, with the old Queen prevailing. This, I expect will turn out somewhat differently...

... Not least as I found a single, charged, cell on the edge of an adjacent frame. Go figure!

No idea what they are up to (my guess is that the workers loyal to the older Queen are trying to supersede her. Even though she's a 2023 Queen, her wings are a little nibbled and she is not moving well - whereas the other one looks good, and I have seen her depositing eggs).

On the basis the bees know best, I have just left that cell. Wise idea ?

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I'm not sure, but keep a keen eye on them. It's a great photo of the two queens and the cell in any case :)
 
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... It's enough to ruin a happy marriage. Etc...

For the second year running, I have two Queens coexisting in a hive, and am coming to learn that this is not uncommon. Last year, they lived together all season, with the old Queen prevailing. This, I expect will turn out somewhat differently...

... Not least as I found a single, charged, cell on the edge of an adjacent frame. Go figure!

No idea what they are up to (my guess is that the workers loyal to the older Queen are trying to supersede her. Even though she's a 2023 Queen, her wings are a little nibbled and she is not moving well - whereas the other one looks good, and I have seen her depositing eggs).

On the basis the bees know best, I have just left that cell. Wise idea ?
I've had three generations of queens in a hive before now.
 

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