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  1. #1
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    I was wondering if bees move eggs or lavae to diffrent cells if needed, like ants move eggs to other parts of the nest.

    I cant find documentation on this so i assume they don't.

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    The bees move their eggs or larvae from one area of the frame to an other. They move them even in other frames. I've seen it a week ago when i split a hive. In the queenless hive i had 5 frames of capped larvae and eggs and two frames of honey and pollen. I found queen cells in the honey frames.

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    I've never seen them do it, and I have an observation hive and watch them alot, but I think they do sometimes. I'm not sure, but when they have a queen cup with no egg and the queen goes missing an egg seems to appear. Maybe I just don't see them before. On the other hand they often just clean out the duplicate eggs from a worker cell that has a drone egg or eggs in it rather than move it.

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    I have never read or seen it either. But I would be amazed with everthing else that bees do if they couldn't do that.

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    Obviously bees don't do it on the scale that ants do. You see ants pick up the whole brood nest worth of brood and leave. I don't watch ants nearly as much as I watch bees and I've seen ants do it a lot. I've never actually seen the bees do it, just seen the evidence that they did.

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    I think it's more of a case of Ants are in a position to have to be ready to pick-up and move in a hurry. Humans aren't the only reason their homes get disturbed. Since Bee brood depend upon comb, theoretically they could be in a position where there is nowhere to move the brood to. Ants on the other hand scoop up the eggs right quick and lay them down somewhere else.

    I use to fret when I displaced ants, but if you stand back far enough where they won't come after you, you will see they quickly move camp and carry on with life.

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    Hmm so if bees move eggs, assuming the queen dies would they move an egg into a queen cell or would they just build a queen cell over a normal cell with an egg in it?

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    It depends. I've seen them do both.

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