Bees build in 3/4/5 proportions. Members of different sub-castes tend to work together, so bees of smallest size tend to work on projects with other bees of the same sizes. If these bees build drone cells, they will be 4/3rds the size of their worker cells.
If you want to test this you can use a sift to filter out the different sizes of bees and hive them. See what happens. This has already been done by several people, and maybe they published maybe they didn't, but I have done a little of this checking for fun and its about right on. If you can keep the bees from drifting back, you get combs of different sizes depending on what you have in each hive, and its a consistent 3/4/5 proportion.
I don't want to hear any gruff until you try it yourself. No one here has the wind at their back and no one is required to publish and no one is required to satisfy your particular needs. If you want verification they go ahead and verify it for yourself. Maybe its enough for each of us that "we see xyz, and so do 5 other people I know" if good enough. You mgith want to make that more like 10 people, or 100 because there are tons of people here and on other lists that will tell you to shove it simply because you require excellence in data structures and editting which really has nothing to do with beekeeping nor does it interest most beekeepers to keep tables of events. It bores the heck out of me just thinking about it.
I know this, my hives are all natural cell. I lost a total of 3 hives in 3 years now, and none were due to varoa as either direct result or subcumming to 2ndary diseases that resulted from varroa. They were all absconds because of wax or beetle.
All of my hives buildup so strong I can't afford the lumber to split them up as often as I would like.
As far as comb width is concerned. I use 32mm topbars. The combs cheat here and there, but its repairable from a long term standpoint. They cheat larger than 32mm because they build honey at the top of the comb, when they are done building honey and start building brood below, the combs are most visibly narrower. If I install combs at the earliest opportunity in spring, they build the combs perfectly without cheating larger. The cheat gets bigger as the season goes on and they are storing more honey in the tops of the topbar combs.
You don't need documentation to see it yoruself, just do it. Stop whining and just do it. Forget not having time, you have time enough to complain and keep this thread and others going to months, so you must have time for something if you get off of here, off of your butt and out in the beeyard and build some hives and try things out yourself. I don't care what you document, just try it and get a feel for it. Learning how to feel your bees will help you a lot more than reading numbers. I know my bees, I know what to expect from each hive, not because I documented it but because I know my bees and I can feel them as I approach. I know when they are going to be heavy with honey or nastier than ordinary simply because I feel and pay attention to it, not because I documented it.
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