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  1. #1
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    Mar 2007
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    Ventura, Ca
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    Default Spring Inspection Post #2

    These pictures are from a colony I inspected last weekend.

    There located in Ventura County, California. I found about a dozen swarm cells in it. -- Time to make splits?

    I took one of the cells and installed it in another of my colonies
    It looks like that queen bought the farm.

    That’s a temporary solution as I’m ordering queens for the splits and to replace the queens of unknown origin.

    The orange trees and avocado are coming into bloom so time’s short.




    Last edited by Jeff Gratton; 03-29-2007 at 12:14 PM.

  2. #2
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    McLeansville NC
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    This looks like a swarm cell as apposed to a supercedure cell. Aren't supercedure cells on the side of the frame, middle or higher on the comb? And swarm cells across the bottom.
    Ron

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    Default I stand corrected.

    Your right, they are swarm, I corrected above -Thanks

  4. #4
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    "Aren't supercedure cells on the side of the frame"

    They appear wherever the bees find a larva young enough to make a queen from. Which is of course somewhere on the face of the comb.
    "I reject your reality, and substitute my own." Adam Savage

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