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Saw a really cool thing today. I was looking through some new nucs which I installed a cell in a few days ago. By my calculations today or tomorrow should have been mating day. Today was beautiful with light winds. Finally saw the young queen (evidently just returned) still with the "mating sign" deposited where it should have been. First time I've seen it live and not in a book.
 

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another sign you may look for Tom is the polishing of cells (generally in circular shape) in the mating nucs. beyond being polished the worker bee appear not to want to walk on these area (almost like there is some kind of no trespassing warning has been issued). often time if you do not see the still non laying queen, it is good evidence that there soon will be.

I myself have never seen 'the mating sign' to which you refer. doesn't the thought of such a thing kind of make you say OUCH?
 
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