Three weeks ago I installed bees into their brand new hive. I took a look at the comb today for the first time, sans bees, using a beaver brush to get a good look.
I saw some perfect white comb. I saw some comb that was dark orange, mostly around the edges. I saw some that was dark orange and swelled far above the surface area of the white comb (not a supercedure cell, much larger in size). I saw some comb that was capped, though sporadically placed. I saw one area that, after having seen pictures, looks to me like a supercedure cell. There was only one.
What I'm unsure of is what exactly it is. Supercedure, swarm, something else....?
Also, why? They are using all but one of the top bars I've given them. On two they've only built comb on a small area. It *seems* that they have enough room, but I really am too new to know. (three week old bee virgin)
and a view of the back of the comb....