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Evaluating A Queen’s Performance – Part 1

The colony being inspected has been opened previously and has been fed. Early queen cells were observed several weeks ago. Once again queen cells are present. It appears that the colony is preparing to supersede the queen. 

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Questions:

  1. Without seeing the queen what can be used to determine if a queen is present?
  2. What are two items to consider when evaluating a queen?
  3. Why is it a good idea to remove a frame from the outer edge first and work towards the center?