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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:18 pm    Post subject: Queen or no queen. Reply with quote

I think a colony has swarmed; it just isn't as busy as it was. However, there are still bees coming and going.

Is there any way, other than opening up and looking for a queen, eggs &/or larvae.

I'm reluctant to go inside if I can avoid it, partly because I have no idea what I would do if I discovered it to be queenless. Thanks a lot.
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