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I discovered a possible swarm cell in Hive #2 about ten minutes ago.
The bottom brood box is full of mostly brood. The top brood box doesn’t show any signs that the queen has moved up there to lay yet. Many of the frames (some of them with plastic foundation) don’t have fully drawn comb on them. I discovered the possible swarm cell while removing a frame feeder and installing two empty frames.
I wonder what I should do now. Hmm… Suggestions?
UPDATE (May 20/11): It’s a queen cup. Some info via extension.org:
- Queen cups are special cup-like precursors of queen cells. They are always present in a bee colony, though their numbers are greatest in the spring months. They are built at the lower margin of beeswax comb (lower margins of frames in a beekeeper’s hive) and in spaces where the comb is damaged or left open as a walkway to the opposite side of the comb.
The queen cup is there in case the colony needs to create a new queen. It doesn’t necessarily mean a swarm is on the way. But I’ll make sure to check the cup during the next inspection.