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Trying to solve a mystery queen situation

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Trying to solve a mystery queen situation

I’ve got a box of contradictions. This hive swarmed four weeks ago, left a good population and some queen cells behind, not worried. Two weeks ago they were making new queen cups again. Today’s inspection yields two open queen cells, and the girls are acting calm. What I think was a virgin queen, abdomen was still small but thorax and wings looked like a queen. Population is dwindling, and they just keep bringing in nectar (but still 1.5 frame undrawn). There is still some emerging capped brood although most of it looks like drone. And yet, there is a little bit of uncapped brood peppered in there. Laying is sporadic but doesn’t look like a laying worker (no eggs either that I could see). Thoughts?

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