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trapperman 

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Hi guys just a quick question, i got my nuc may 30th and they have been doing o.k, i have been doing weekly inspections since i got them and have had the odd QC/playcup with jelly in but no larve and have always squashed them down.
my last inspection was 21st july and i saw queen, eggs, larve and capped brood and no QC/play cups.
i have missed a few extra days due to work and the weather, and did an inspection today so an 11 day gap.
today i saw queen, eggs, larve and capped brood and no QC/play cups, the thing is the queen was marked and today she was`nt so can the mark rub off as it does`nt look like i`ve lost any bees and i would assume that if it was a new queen then i would`nt have seen eggs today
her thorax looks polished not hairy would a new queen be more hairy?
 

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Yes, they could quietly be superceding her, but would have meant you missing something. Is there any possibility of two queens being present?

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Yes, they could quietly be superceding her, but would have meant you missing something. Is there any possibility of two queens being present?

Regards, RAB
two Queens ?, i will have a good look on next inspection, if they want to superced her should i let it happen at this time of year or should i still squash any cups down?.
 

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If there are two queens present it may be almost 'fait acomplis'.

With regards supercedure - the bees know best, in nearly all situations.

Ignore at your peril.

Regards, RAB
 

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