I have to tell you, I was very curious about what was going on in my hive when I spied this beautiful virgin queen. Can you see her? ( if you divide the photo into quarters she is at the bottom of the upper left quadrant). This little lady has yet to leave the hive and make her mating flight. After she returns from receiving sperm from up to 15 male drone bees, her abdomen will resemble that of most photographed queen bees. Because of my inexperience in beekeeping, most of my knowledge is from a book, and we all know how that goes. See I was under the impression that hives were supposed to only support one queen at a time. It doesn’t appear that is the case here, and I’ll show you why.