New here but creeped the forums for a long time, however I finally ran into something I couldn't wrap my head around.
I have a hive that has created 3 queen cells so far (one after the other). The first and second cells the bees capped and started to raise a larvae in, but then the bees destroyed the cell and removed the larvae before the queen could hatch. They have now started a third queen cell. Weird?
Anyone know why they might do this? Seems like odd behaviour. The hive is queen right. Fresh eggs and they aren't drones. My only comment would be that the queen isn't perhaps as prolific as she could be compared to my other hives, but she is most definitely functional and lays a good pattern.
One other thing that was bizarre: the brood cells are bumpy, similar to a drone cell, but the bees within are workers. At first I thought I had two entire frames of drones, but these cells just turned out to be weird, bumpy worker cells. Again, this is something I've never seen.
I'm not really worried about this as this queen has been replaced and split off into a nuc now because of these oddities. I'm more so wondering if anyone has ever seen these things and what they might mean.