5 weeks ago I split a hive with several queen cells. One of the splits despite giving them what eggs I could they apparently never got queen right. Due to weather and other things I haven't been able to get into the hive for 2 weeks. After going into the hive today I discovered that the last queen cell I put in 2 weeks ago must have died or was killed and never torn open. It was a queen cell left after 3 others on the frame opened, the wax was removed from the end but the cocoon was still intact so I thought it might still be ok.
I saw duplex and triplex eggs 2 weeks ago and hoped it was a new queen getting the hang of laying eggs. Today I found a couple of frames of capped drone brood, no open brood and no eggs. Much to my surprise I also found 3 emergency queen cells cells among drone brood.
Here is a picture of 2 of the queen cells.
My question is this... is it possible that the bees tried to draw queen cells off of drone brood?