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Peak season here.
My queen is unknown age. I could not find her on last 2 inspections but I saw very young larva. Still available space for her to lay eggs.
Yesterday I saw a queen cell on the side of the comb which was capped. Another cell with royal jelly was half way up the bottom of a ‘fold’ of some irregular comb. I also have a few drones.
Is this a swarm sign and should split ASAP or supercedure?
Can I split regardless to be safe?
 

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With only 2 queen cells, it's most likely a supercedure. However, in rare cases they may swarm for a spring time supercedure.
 

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That’s what I was thinking too. I should have mentioned I found another couple empty play cups too.

Should I just leave them then?
 

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Play cups are not a problem or figure into your quandary in this instance. If they get laid into and start building, then it's a different matter, it may be more indicative of swarming impulse.
 
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