An inspection of the bb oil trap we're using for shb control looked good and so i ventured further into the hive to peek. Last year we lost one with low numbers to shb...
This hive turned the corner a month ago or so and the numbers are up, and at this point it's comprised of four medium boxes, each of which are bustling with bees...maybe 60 80 % full of bees each.
Okay...before i start on major ramble, let me ask about three very large cells that almost appear as sugar cones in size compared to standard cell size.
Might one suspect that queens are being raised and do i need to post swarm watchers in the vicinity?
The cells are open and i think there are larvae in them. There are also burr comb-like areas between these two specific boxes so it seems to be the epicenter of the change mechanism in the hive.
I was not prepared to take much action After seeing those cells as my son and i were both in playclothes basically and we were inquisitively inspecting these new developments...not wanting to go tearing up the place just yet. I can do a bit of that later this week when t'storms are not brewing.