Re: Royal Jelly and JZBZ Cell Cups - When is Enough Enough?
I know nothing about this, but I also have questions because I thought that the base of the cell is _not_ the input end of the bee. Therefore the question of residual royal jelly always seemed to me not very relevant. But I'm interested in learning.
If the royal jelly is to be used, it should run down the cell wall, but slowly. If it does so, then it should be cleared out when the queen emerges and having none left in the cell seems reasonable, a normal thing. But if it's an emergency cell with a horizontal segment at its base, the jelly can't fully run out. And thick jelly can't really run out unless the bee thrashes around to push it down to near the mouth parts.
I started thinking about this while pondering reports of vibration causing queen death. I thought, "Gee. Maybe the jelly is suddenly avalanching down and covering the tracheal openings enough to drown the bee." But maybe not. I'm still interested and curious.
"I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong." (heard often from the late David Sebree) Still making them, myself