You run across something that just doesn't feel right. I was inspecting the hives in one of my yards and something struck me as odd. I removed my honey supers and tilted back the upper deep to check for any sign of swarm cells. I spotted a few that had been started, very early stages, but they were loaded. OK then, I start hunting for the queen and the first thing that catches my eye is that there is very little open brood, and even fewer young larvae and eggs. Now normally when I find a situation like this I still see eggs, right up to the day the old girl leaves, which is just before or around the time they cap the queen cells. I was figuring she must have flown the coop early, but suddenly there she was, normal size and all, but real runny, almost like virgins run around. I was kinds stumped (hot too) and maybe wasn't thinking clearly, but my guess was maybe she was a replacement queen I must have missed on an earlier inspection? Going against one of my rules, I removed the beginner cells, thinking, well, I'm not sure what I was thinking. Just a gut reaction I guess. Oh, and another thing. I was going through another hive yesterday and found a queen on frame 3, and then another one on frame 10. I wondered how she could have moved that fast, and she seemed to look different than what I had just seen, so I went back, and do you think I could find the first one again? And another thing, I went through a 5 frame nuc 3 times trying to find the queen that was laying eggs, and could not find her. It was after this that I figured I had enough of the heat and called it a day. Some days things go easy, and some days it just seems like a fight all day.