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So I opened up one of my big hives to do a split before they swarmed and I was too late. I didn't realize they had swarmed until I saw a queen running across a brood frame with another queen on her back stinging her. I didn't know what to think until I found two empty swarm cells along with three cells on another frame completely capped.

Both queens were in bad shape. One was limping and the other was very lethargic. So I pinched both of them, moved the frame with the swarm cells to a nuc then re-queened the original hive. I also took a box off with brood and honey and introduce a queen to that one.

What a shock to see that for the first time.
 

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Not that this is something someone wants to witness, I would consider myself fortunate to have been able to. :thumbsup:
I guess if a person is at it long enough there will always be times where one will get the occasional glimpse of something extrordinary.
 

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oh them San Francisco flower children have now been exposed to the bee keeping worlds equivalent of a 'death match'. the gentle world of the bees is gentle no longer!

an equivalent 'oh my gosh' kind of moment in the commercial bee keeping world is to pull a bar of what should be 10 day old cells (60 or so to a frame and 4 frames to a box... you can easily do the math here) only to find all have a large gaping hole in the side of each and every cell. the victims in this case never even had a fighting chance.
 

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an equivalent 'oh my gosh' kind of moment in the commercial bee keeping world is to pull a bar of what should be 10 day old cells (60 or so to a frame and 4 frames to a box... you can easily do the math here) only to find all have a large gaping hole in the side of each and every cell. the victims in this case never even had a fighting chance.
Wow, that must have been a downer.
 

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Mother nature at her finest!

Did you inspect the queen cells to see if they were still in good shape, sides not chewed out?
 
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