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  1. #1
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    Default supersedure cell?

    inspected the hive today and found this on one of the frames the frame was only half drawn out. Is this a queen supersedure cell? the opening was facing toward the bottom of the frame. and as a side note I am not pleased with the plastic black frames vs the yellow plastic frame that has the wax coating as the black ones took for ever to draw out and are not very evenly drawn out.
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  2. #2
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    Default Re: supersedure cell?

    looks like goofy drone/burr comb to me. A common theme with plastic, you probably need to melt some wax and add a coat to most of it to get it drawn well, but some bees take to it quickly, but I've found it's used as a last resort and it's 50/50 if it gets drawn properly.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: supersedure cell?

    ok cool as it was the only one in the two deeps that looked odd

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    Default Re: supersedure cell?

    looks like a Q cup among drone cells to me. I see alot of funky stuff on the few plastic frames I Wont have next year. Sometimes they draw it nice but they can really screw it up if they try. G

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    Default Re: supersedure cell?

    It's a queen cup hanging form a clump of drone cells.
    It doesn"t necessarily mean that they are superceding.. or even that they are making a queen, unless there is a larva in it.

    Some colonies make them and don't put an egg in them until/unless needed.

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    Default Re: supersedure cell?

    It looks like a cup. If it has a larvae then it is a queen cell. You can't tell by looking at a queen cell what it's purpose is. You have to look at the overall state of the hive to decide what you think it's purpose is.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: supersedure cell?

    thank you for all the info. I was not sure what to think. the hive is doing well it was a new package install on may 12th. it has two deeps the bottom one is all drawn out and the top is about 60% filled out

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    Default Re: supersedure cell?

    Is there an egg or larvae in the cup? If not, then don't think anything of it. It means absolutely nothing. If there is a larvae and you have been feeding constantly it's a trickier proposition, but if you haven't, I would guess it's just a supersedure cell. I would let it run it's course.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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