Re: Larger queen cells - do they produce larger queens?
So let me suppose here a bit,
I'm supposing that these cells came out larger than you normally get right?
I'm thinking here that the addition of emerging larva from eggs, inserted into the cell builder, acted as a trigger or primer to get the nurse bees in the cell builder to start producing increased amounts of royal jelly for feeding the increased amount of larva to be fed. Then pulling that frame back out 2 days later left your nurse bees overly producing the royal jelly, so they packed in more than usual to your cell bar cells they were also feeding at the time. Does this make sense? I'm interested to hear what you find on queen size and performance over time. Do you plan on keeping these for yourself for awhile for observing?
20+ years, raise my own queens, feed when needed. I treat, but have not perfected varroa management yet.