Re: 1 Supersedure/Emergency Cell, What to do
Is it a supercedure cell or an emergency cell?
They are very easy to distinguish.
If the cell started as a worker cell and was elongated out into a queen cell, THAT is an emergency cell.
When you find an emergency cell, you do not have a queen in the hive.
Swarm cells and supercedure cells both start as a cup and the queen lays an egg in that cup.
In the emergency situation, there is no queen to lay an egg. The bees have limited time to change cast determination of larva from worker to queen.
3 very different cells that are produced by different impulses of the colony.
The nice thing about that is that we are given a pretty firm indication of what is going on in the hive when we spot one of these.
If the cell you spotted is an E- cell, you are queenless.
If it is a supercedure cell, you may or may not have a queen by now. It certainly took one to lay the egg, but they were wanting to replace her for some reason.
First determine which type of cell is present. Then, if it's a supercedure cell take a look for the queen and evaluate the egg and brood situation. Then you can make a decision on what to do.
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