Queen Cells

Queen Cells

 

special large cells in beehives prepared for raising queen bees.

There are swarm queen cells, which are most often on the margins of the hive, and comb queen cells on the surface. After the queen bee emerges, the other bees usually destroy the queen cells.

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He also drew attention to the problem of the development of nurseries and queen cells and the issue of intermediaries in the sale of products.
No queen cells were observed in any of the 5 polygyne nests sampled, but 2 of these nests had live males.
As queen cells were not observed in any of the perennial nests, these particular tiers were probably destroyed by workers prior to the months of Jun and Jul, when the nests in this study were collected.
The next few days I watched three swarms depart from another hive as I hadn't removed surplus Queen cells.
During my first year looking after bees (I can't call myself a bee keeper) a similar thing happened, and I overzealously removed all the Queen cells, leaving my hive Queen-less.
A bee colony generally starts to raise drones a few weeks before building queen cells so they can supersede a failing queen or prepare for swarming.
Royal jelly is harvested from queen cells at 4 days of age.
The "extra" queen cells can be "harvested" and used to stop or delay swarming in the colony they are produced in and distributed to splits (divided colonies) of other colonies to increase colony numbers.
First-timers can find themselves spending a lot of time keeping bees fed on sugar water, culling extra queen cells and harvesting honey.
Then the surviving young queen goes through all the queen cells, bites through their lids of wax, and kills the potential rivals within.
Beekeepers try to eliminate queen cells by cutting them out, but sometimes one is missed.