What accounts for the wide variation of worker size in one of my hives? These are not drones-- drones are very distinctive and much bigger than my largest workers. But some of the bees are quite small and some are noticeably larger. Is it nutrition? This hive is operating on foundationless frames, but there are still a few frames of standard foundation left in it from the nuc that started it. Are the bees emerging from the natural comb smaller?
I have a hive of small cell bees from Wolf Creek, and these bees are much more uniform in size. They are also on natural comb, but I haven't measure it to see if it really is small cell.
Anyway, I'm just curious.