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Honeycomb Bee Beehive Honeybee Insect
Bee Beehive Honeycomb Honeybee Insect
Honeycomb Bee Beehive Honeybee Insect

The first picture is of a frame I swapped in from another hive two weeks ago. During an inspection I couldn't find any uncapped brood. A week ago, I found all kinds of brood and thought I must have missed it the week before. Today, I found these... several queen cells, lots of drone cells and lots of larvae.

The second picture is from the lower box... it is showing again, a LOT of drone cells and a few queen cells.

The third picture is from the same hive, lower box, but there is essentially nothing on the frame other than the queen cells.

The hive is a month old. it was created from an accidental split at the end of June.
 

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It looks like the queen may be failing and those are supersedure queen cells. I didn't see any worker cells (unless I just missed them), are there worker cells on the other frames? I'm thinking the larva may be a mix of worker and drone but not sure, could be all drones. You may need to put another frame of worker brood (capped) in to help with nurse bees. Strange situation, good luck with it. Keep us informed.
Went back and looked at your photos after my original post and I could see a few worker cells capped in the first photo so I'm pretty sure your queen is being superseded if she is still alive. If she's missing then they are emergency cells. It's a queen problem either way.
 

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How did you make an accidental split ? That may help with what is going on.
I moved the five hives from my back yard to a permanent apiary about 75 ft away. I put sheets of plywood up thinking that would cause them to reorient which it didn't. I had so many bees that were camped in the back yard, I gave them two separate deeps with a couple of frames of mixed brood in each and they moved in. Two weeks later I moved them and built an obstacle course of pine and cedar boughs they had to climb thru. They all stayed in there new home, and took off well.
There were a few capped worker cells, And some uncapped larvae, but very few compared to the amount of empty cells.
I appreciate the ide of the extra frame of capped brood, I will give them one or two tomorrow after I get home from work.
 

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Sounds like the way to go, the hive was completely unbalanced it was all old forrager bees returning to the old location, they are not good at feeding young raising queens etc, you can probably expect a huge die off soon as well unless you feed it capped brood for awhile.
 

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