Queen Cells

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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