Just thought I’d share what I think may be an unusual event in case it’s of interest for anyone.
We started out with a nucleus at the end of last December. The queen was marked, and with the caveat that I am in my first year of beekeeping I wondered if she might be an older queen as her wings looked pretty worn.
When we inspected at the end of February, a new queen was present, and the older queen was still in the hive on a different frame.
We inspected today, exactly one month later, and both queens were still present, again on different frames.
I don’t know how unusual this is, but I was certainly surprised to see two queens again a month later.