Wondering if it is possible to work out if my hive has a drone laying queen.
This is the split that had emergency queens emerge on the 19th October - (no later), from a split started on the 1st October.
After I saw no evidence of a queen, I gave the hive fresh eggs and brood on three occasions over two weeks. On the last occasion queen cells were started and then abandoned.
I was in the process of doing another complete search of the hive today using an excluder to find the elusive dud queen, when I found a number of single eggs in some cells today the 13th November.
Photo attached - it is the best I could do.
It has been about 25 days from emergence of the queen to the eggs I saw today. There were no young grubs that I could see but I suppose the eggs could be a few days old.
Is it likely she is a drone layer? Has she missed the successful mating window? If you click on the image it should enlarge to show the eggs. Some other photos if you want to see if you can see a queen but I reckon she is down between the frames.