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Hi everyone, weird observation I noticed today on my inspection of my overwintered top bar hive. It's a prosperous hive I have been managing to prevent swarming all spring and I came in yesterday to use it for starting a cell builder. It has many empty queen cups that I've seen most of spring, but out of nowhere, i saw a capped queen cell on the edge of a comb. I was very surprised and opened it, revealing a large larvae inside. There were no other capped swarm cells or any with eggs or larvae I could see. I found fresh eggs in other parts of the hive so I know the queen has been there at most three days ago. I can't find a good explanation for this single swarm cell unless it was a superecedure or they were planning on breaking it down soon. Has anyone seen this before?
 

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Yup, not sure what I was hoping I would see, an empty capped cell? I guess if they were to break them down, it would likely have been before they were capped
 

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I’ve had a couple do that one was an old queen the other I’m not to sure. I plan on requeening with some new queens I just grafted I certainly don’t want a supercedure queen from her.
 

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Ok, confession time. The beekeeper that destroyed the supercedure cell was me. It was an accident. The cell was atrached to the screened bottom and when I pulled the frame up, it ripped open the cell and the purple eyed larva fell out. Had to buy a queen. I had been a beekeeper for about 2 months at the time.
 

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Hi everyone, weird observation I noticed today on my inspection of my overwintered top bar hive. It's a prosperous hive I have been managing to prevent swarming all spring and I came in yesterday to use it for starting a cell builder. It has many empty queen cups that I've seen most of spring, but out of nowhere, i saw a capped queen cell on the edge of a comb. I was very surprised and opened it, revealing a large larvae inside. There were no other capped swarm cells or any with eggs or larvae I could see. I found fresh eggs in other parts of the hive so I know the queen has been there at most three days ago. I can't find a good explanation for this single swarm cell unless it was a superecedure or they were planning on breaking it down soon. Has anyone seen this before?
Well,, I guess you could call 1 queen cell ,, Confidence...
Likely a supercedure attempt, Likely they may try again.
GG
 
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