He also needs to look for signs that the colony is producing new queens so that it can swarm and remove the queen cells
before they are ready to hatch.
Worker bees create several different queen cells
; swarm cells, supersedure cells, and emergency supersedure cells.
Have the bees built any queen cells
? Where is the queen?
No queen cells
were observed in any of the 5 polygyne nests sampled, but 2 of these nests had live males.
The next few days I watched three swarms depart from another hive as I hadn't removed surplus Queen cells
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.
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.
Once she slows down her egg production, the hive will raise a new queen by creating queen cells
and moving female eggs into them.