4 responses

  1. Rusty
    May 19, 2011

    It’s a queen cup. Workers build these in case they are needed later. It doesn’t become a swarm cell until an egg is laid in it and the bees begin tending it and building it up. You can cut it off or just leave it there. Doesn’t matter, they will build more. Great pic.

  2. Phillip
    May 19, 2011

    Thanks Rusty. I don’t know enough about queen production in the hive. Or I did but forgot about it or confused it with something else, as is my wont. I burnt myself out researching before, but I’ll have to start cracking at the books again… So it’s the old queen cup. Very good. It’s a queen cup near the bottom of the frame, which I know is swarm cell territory and thus my concern.

    The queen in our other hive (Hive #1) began laying in the top box the first chance she had. Now I’m wondering why the queen in this hive hasn’t moved to the top box yet.

    I have a fully drawn empty frame I could place next to the brood nest in the bottom box to give her space to lay right away. But I disrupted this hive in a big way recently and I’m hesitant to start poking around again. Hmm…

    This is me thinking, pondering away.

  3. StevenC
    May 19, 2011

    I concur with Rusty – it’s just a “just in case” cup. Watch it to make sure they don’t start filling it – then it is on its way to become a swarm cell.

    Cutting it will just result in another one…

  4. Melissa
    May 26, 2012

    Hello! Thanks so much for the great photo. I just found one of these on my hive and was concerned…particularly b/c they still have a few frames to fill. Queen cup. Noted.

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