Queenless hive removal
I'm in Idaho (Boise) I went to do a swarm removal – in the photos there was no comb and was above ground (typical swarm). When I got there, they told me that it was actually a hive removal – someone else had come by and pulled a cover off (that's why they were above ground) and had taken most of the comb.
I vacuumed up 90% of the bees, to where I could actually see the little comb that was there, and there were no eggs, and no brood in any of them, but the ladies were working furiously to build new comb. There were two tiny combs left at the bottom of the "box" and on one of them was a single queen cell (uncapped) with a fairly large larva in it.
I transplanted the bees (and the queen cell) back home with me into a hive here. If you were in my shoes would you: a. Buy a new queen (in a perfect world I'd be a feral bee guy, but this isn't an ideal situation anyway) b. See if the queen cell produces a queen, and works out c. Combine with another hive (I'm actually doing another hive removal tomorrow).
I'm not super familiar with the process of natural requeening – if they moved the larva in too late in the process isn't it possible that it ends up intercaste? Does an uncapped queen cell have a good chance of having survived the 20 minute car ride back to the new hive?
edit I should have mentioned, it was a huge number of bees, it filled my 5 gallon bucket halfway up…