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I have found two queen cells in my new hive. One queen cell is completely capped and has been for at least four days. I have also found another queen cell that has been drawn out but not capped. I intentionally looked down into the "uncapped" queen cell and I can see a larva curled up in the bottom.

Do bees draw out the queen cell, wait for the larva to mature and THEN cap it off?

I saw at least one worker bee stick her head down into the cell...I think she must have been feeding the new queen larva.
 

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The bees do draw out the cell. It is capped on, or about, the 8th day. The queen in the capped cell should emerge in about 4 days, give or take. It really depends on when it was capped. Yep, the bee was feeding the larva.
 

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http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmath.htm

Was this new hive from a cut out or a swarm? Cut outs will supercede most of the time. I have a swarm I caught 4 weeks ago. That I checked today. They are superceding her.
 
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