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Do you need nurse bees to produce royal jelly or can any worker make it. I have a swarm without a queen. If I put in a frame with eggs but no nurse bees, just the foragers from the swarm, will they make a queen?
 

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The swarm is made up largely of young bees, not older foragers, so they will easily be able to make jelly as soon as the foragers bring them some pollen and nectar.

The swarmed-queen may be a veteran, but a swarm which in nature has to draw new wax and feed the babies to establish the hive in the new location wouldn't work if the majority of the swarming workers were older foragers with only days, or even just a week or two of life left.

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to build on this, could a queenless swarm be used as a cell builder?
I have caught swarms that for some reason or other died out in a couple of months. The comb that they build is useful for my strong hives. That's why I catch as many swarms as I can, even if they are tiny.
 
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