I currently have a hive that lost its queen and is making a new one vi emergency queen cells. I noticed yesterday that the 2 cells have hatched.
I live in South central Pennsylvania. The weather is getting nice and the bees are active on warm days. Drones started flying this week.
My question is this: once the virgin queen hatches and goes on her mating flight, does she return to the hive each night? It gets cold at night (30’s and 40’s F) if she doesn’t return each night, how does she stay warm enough or will she die trying to mate this time of year?