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Re: How To Tell The Difference Between Emergency & Supersedure Cells vs. Swarm Cells

There are no such thing as swarm or supercedure cells. Bees build queencells to either supercede their queen or swarm, typically the number of cells gives it away. Cells can be of different ages, but typically during a supercedure on 1-3 cells are present and most likely at the same age. During swarming, depending on the size of the hive, you can have 4-20 cells in various ages depending on how fast they shut the queen down and when she exited the hive versus the ages of the oldest cells. If she leaves early, the bees may start drawing new cells from available eggs and larva while young capped cells are still present but typically most of the cells will be within 1-3 days of the same age.
 
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