I here it stated by many experienced queen breeders that the royal jelly used for priming will be removed and replaced by the nurse bees. I found this to be suspect for two reasons. First, if they remove the jelly why would someone like the Miksa's go through the trouble and expense of using organic R.J.? Second, I have noticed that the cups that I fill with more R.J. than the other cups always contain more jelly. Why would this be if the nurse bees remove it all? If anything the cups that were primed with more R.J. should be less full than the others because of the time spent on removal.
So I did a little experiment, I primed every other cup with tinted R.J., and checked them today, three days post graft. Here's the pics.
1. primed cells
2. 3 days post graft ( wax removed) notice layering of R.J.
3. jelly removed, R.J. on left was on the bottom of cup( priming R.J.)
Yes, I know too much time on my hands.