Hive inspections, Good news (pictures) OK, did the inspections this afternoon. Have some good news and bad. Good news: The tree cut out we did last Saturday has a queen. First we were seeing lots of egs and then we found her. So they will be fine. Still feeding though. It's hot and dry here. Bad news: That swarm I lost Saturday was from one of our hive. It was a hive that exploded and we found about 6 queen cells in the brood box 2 weeks ago. We added an extre medium but were to late. It had probably about a third of the bees that it had 2 weeks ago. The other hives looked good. Brood and caped honey and bee bread and no queen cells. Now for our delima. We looked very close at the box that swarmed Saturday. We could not find a queen and no eggs. But there were still probably 6 or so queen cells. SO, my question is. Does the queen leave before the new queen hatches. I thought she stayed until a new quen hatches. I did remove one of the many capped queen cells. I wanted to ope it up to look. It was empty but capped.