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Offline Aroc

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A little background.

I have a couple of nucs that weren't going anywhere.  Neither produced a queen.  I decided to combine them and see if that would help.  After adding a frame of brood they did produce a handful of queen cells.  Last week we noticed they were all open.  Upon further inspection yesterday we noticed a a few small clusters of larvae and what looked like capped drone brood. 

The larvae tells me someone was in there laying eggs less than 8 days previous.  I didn't see any eggs so not sure if I have a laying worker.  Thought it might be possible for a virgin to lay some eggs before she mated.....?
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Offline Van, Arkansas, USA

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Mr. Bush, I followed your link to panacea, well written.  Thank you for sharing.