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Thread: Which end up?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Falls Church, VA

    Default Which end up?

    I'm thinking of raising a queen next year and am watching YouTube and reading various methods. Whether the beek extracts a plug of cells and places it in a JZBZ cup, or if the beek scoops out the larva and puts it in a wax cup (or a JZBZ cup) the picture shows this being done open end up. The next photo invariably shows a sealed queen cell, pointy end down. So, how did it transition from open end up to closed end down? I"m thinking I can't immediately turn it open end down, 'cause the larva will simply slide out. Could someone clarify please? - Mike

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Winhall, VT

    Default Re: Which end up?

    It doesn't slide out. The little bit of royal jelly that you get along with the larva sticks it to the bottom of the cup.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA

    Default Re: Which end up?

    It's upside down when you are grafting so you don't have to stand on your head. It goes in hive with the mouth pointing down. This is how all queen cells are done by the bees as well. They point down.
    Michael Bush "Everything works if you let it." 41y 200h 38yTF

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA

    Default Re: Which end up?

    You'll figure it out, especially with all these great and knowledgeable folks here at Beesource. I say that truthfully and with respect, not sarcastically.
    Benjamin Schneider, CEO of Prairie Wind Bee Supply - New & Improved Website!


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