I HAVE A QUEEN! I HAVE A QUEEN!!! On April 1st, I did a hive split, first time ever. Beta is my zomgproductive hive (it was my original 2nd hive four years ago) and we split it to repopulate Alpha (my original first hive) which vacated some time early this spring and left the box empty. I checked on Alpha today, the hive that was formed from a split, a "walk away" with no requeening, about a month ago. About ten days ago my husband and I checked on it; there was no sign of brood that we could see, but we did spot what I thought might have been an erupted queen cell, but just one. The top box was mostly honey and nectar, so I stopped after just a few frames to check out the bottom box. The ladies (and a few gents) were being completely normal and mellow, I only smoked a tiny bit before opening the lids, so I felt hopeful. Then I pulled the first bottom frame, the very middle frame, and it had nothing but a half dozen poorly spaced larvae, and my heart sank a little. Pulled the next frame, and it was a beautifully full well-layed out patch of brood, on both sides! Next frame, the same. Then, pulled the fourth frame, and THERE SHE WAS! She's gorgeous, and has some dark spotting, unlike her sister in Beta who is pure golden, giving her a kind of calico look to her. My ladies raised up their own new queen and are on their way to a super successful hive! I'm so darned proud of them!!! Welcome to the world, Queen Alpha!