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I just had a great morning. I checked my bees for the first time in a week, and everything seemed very good. My smoker arrived this week, and this was the first time I had ever used one. I assumed I'd have trouble keeping it lit, but I kept a nice flow of puffy, white smoke during the whole process. (More beginner's luck than skill, I'll admit.)

I used paper sacks -- like the old grocery bags -- in the smoker. I assume that was okay?

I saw the queen again, plus some larvae of varying sizes. I noticed that, in the center of a couple of the frames, there are bulging cells. Some are capped and bullet-shaped. Are these supercedure cells or perhaps drone cells?

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If they stick straight out horizontally they are drone cells. Sometimes they will build a drone cell in some odd corner and it sticks way out, but if it's horizontal it's still a drone. Queen cells hang down vertically. The mouth of a queen cell, as it's being built and developing points to the ground. They don't fall out, for some reason.
 
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