>>Why would the queen stay on the floor of the hive?
Disorientation, the same reason a queen often can't find her way back into a hive after she's been dropped outside.
Was she stillin the same place like someone huddling in the corner or were there signs she had been moving about on the floor of the hive?
This may be a statement on the qulity of the queen so if supercedure cells show up once she starts laying don't be suprprised.
Yep - she was in exactly the same place and yes! she did look huddled in the corner. Having said that, she did wander along the edge of the floor, from the rear to the front of the hive, and back again. And, as I said in my previous post, she had an excellent retinue of more than 10 workers with her.
I note the point about supercedure cells - thank you :D I'm kinda expecting this as I do wonder if the queen is fully OK. I placed her on the frame of comb on Thursday ..... I'm expecting to find evidence of her laying today .... or, as you say, supercedure cells.
Odd though that there have been no supercedure cells already, as this package was hived on 22 May. That's why I wonder if the queen is emitting the right pheromones, to tell the colony she is OK. If she weren't surely they would have begun supercedure already? Although, it's always dangerous to try and predict what bees are doing
Very fascinating stuff. I'll post back if there's anything interesting from today's inspection.
Very helpful to have your comments - any other comment most appreciated.