I'm new to the group and have only had two hives for just over two weeks. We recently had our hive inspected and we found what the inspector called supercedure cells in one of the hives. There were three very large cells that the inspector said were for new queens and that he thought the hive had decided they needed to hatch a new queen as the old queen's pheromones were getting lower.
My question is (especially after reading some of these posts) is how would you tell the difference between the hive wanting to replace their queen and stay put versus wanting to swarm? Is there a difference between supercedure cells and swarm cells?
When my husband and I purchased our nuc hives we were told we had a new queen in each. However, when the inspector took a look at the queen in the hive that was in question he noted that the queen did have this years color marking of green-but below that it appeared that she had a red dot (last years color). Also, space is not an issue as the bees are just working on pulling out a new frame or two and we have a shallow box on top for honey when they need it.
Any input would be greatly appreciated,