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  1. #1
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    Default Cap Color

    Rookie question here.
    I got a 10-frame hive w/bees from a producer 5 days ago. After letting them get settled in their new environment, I did my first inspection yesterday. Everything looked good to me; 4 1/2 frames with drawn out can capped comb. I did notice that about half of the cells were capped white and the rest were capped yellow. Why is this?

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    Default Re: Cap Color

    The white cappings have the appearance of pure wax and are most likely capped honey. The yellow cappings are most likely capped brood. The comb and cappings for honey can vary somewhat in color depending on what the bees are working on. It might be more yellowish if they are working dandelions. The caps of brood cells are slightly mounded or convex; the caps of honey cells are mostly plane or flat. The caps of brood cells can become brown or tan during subsequent brood cycles as the comb gets older.

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    Default Re: Cap Color

    Thanks for the info. The white caps actually were more flat than the yellow. Look forward to seeing more of both!

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