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  1. #1
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    This has been a very strange year.
    I divided a hive on April 14.
    I installed a queen on April 18.
    The queen was released on May 1.
    When I checked the hive last week, the queen was there, but no eggs or larve.
    When I checked the hive yesterday, I found a supercedure cell almost completely drawnout. There were no other eggs or larve in sight.
    My understanding is that supercedure cells are only drawn out from queen cups when there is a larve in the cell. True or false?
    Where could this egg have come from?


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  2. #2
    BILLY BOB Guest

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    I don't have a answer for you but did you see a egg/larva inside the cup?

  3. #3
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    Hi,

    My understanding is that supercedure cells are only drawn out from queen cups when there is a larve in the cell. True or false?

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    False. Supercedure cells don't have to be from a queen cup. What race of bee is the queen that was superceded? I wonder if the queen you got was mated? Let me know if you get a viable queen from the cell.

    Clay



  4. #4
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    I checked this hive again at lunch time today.
    The supercedure cell was not capped yet, but they appeared to be working it.
    I also found a queen cup with a larve in it and several cells with larve.
    I can obly guess that the queen that was installed, did lay a few eggs and that she is being replaced.
    I will have to keep an eye on this hive.
    Thanks,

  5. #5
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    The hive was a split from a Carnolian Hive.
    The queen installed was also Carnolian and up till the otherday she had not been laying.
    As you know the weather lately has been very cold and even some snow. Not very productive weather.

    My plan is to add a few frames of brood and bees from another hive to help this hive make it through till they get on their feet.

    Thank you for your reply.

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