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Some hives always create these "queen cell cups", others rarely do.

I've learned to think of them as pieces of shaped burr-comb. Whenever I see a queen cell cup, occupied with either an egg or larva, I know it as a queen cell, no longer is it a queen cell cup. It may seem obvious, but is an important distinction. I'm sure that some queen cell cups graduate to queen cell status, but I'm fairly sure that most never do.

Why some hives create empty cell cups, especially when they are queenless, is quite a curiosity. I do not know if there are published research documents concerning this issue. If anyone knows of any, please let us know.
 
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