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A swarm that I captured this year that turned very aggressive. I finally had enough of getting tore up every time I popped the lid. After dispatching the queen I had a lot of nurse bees and brood looking for a job, so I hastily through in a graft and gave a quart of sugar water. Of the 15 grafts, 11 took and turned out pretty good. Of course working the cell builder is still a hassle (ouch), but at least they paid something back. Here are a few of the cells, not the best, but will do. I could probably get another round out of this builder without any trouble - of course, other than a few stings....


 

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Two different sources: Harbo 2014 VSH breeder and a 2nd gen VSH. The later is the "slow starter" I referenced here and on the VSHbreeder site and are the ones you can see in the green cups above. The Harbo cells came out nice too, but had fewer takes.
 

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I would be absolutely thrilled to get cells like that!
 

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Very nice looking cells.....One question. Seeing how the end caps look like they are within 3 days of hatch I'm wondering why there is so much RJ in the tops of those cups. ???

When I see full ones like this they get candled very carefully as ours with this much RJ left on top often are suspect at best!!!
 

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Seeing how the end caps look like they are within 3 days of hatch I'm wondering why there is so much RJ in the tops of those cups. ???
These are scheduled to emerge on Tuesday afternoon. I appreciate the feedback. I'll try to give follow-up post on what I find.

BTW, I did prime these cells with RJ that came from the CB just prior to placing the cells. As I mentioned this was queenright, but I killed her 4 days prior to the graft. They had many queen cells started. I cut out all cells and took the RJ and primed my cups. I generally don't prime cups, but wanted to try something different this round. We'll see....
 
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