Queen Cells Eggs/Larva

Beekeeping & Apiculture Forum

Help Support Beekeeping & Apiculture Forum:

the naked beekeeper 

Field Bee
Joined
Nov 9, 2008
Messages
739
Reaction score
0
Location
S.E. Cornwall
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
Enough
Hi folks,

My colony has got plenty of swarm cells, well over 7-8, some of which have eggs in.

However, there are still 3 undrawn frames of foundation left in the hive, so still space to expand into.

Am I right in thinking, that these eggs don't mean anything yet and it's when I see a larva in a drawn out cell, rather than an egg in a cup that I should do my AS?
 

rae 

Field Bee
Joined
Aug 5, 2009
Messages
826
Reaction score
0
Location
Berkshire
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
8 and 3 nucs...it's swarm time...
Larva in a pool of jelly is "the sign". Need to be quick once you see it - if it gets capped, then she'll be gone.
 

Hivemaker. 

Queen Bee
Beekeeping Sponsor
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
14,291
Reaction score
15
Location
Exmoor.
Hive Type
national
Won't get to far if she's clipped though.
 

Finman 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
26,815
Reaction score
1,109
Location
Finland, Helsinki
Hive Type
langstroth
.
If the hive does not draw foundations, it is often a sign of swarming ahead.

Surely eggs in the cell cup is the sign, at least to me.
 
Last edited:

Poly Hive 

Queen Bee
Joined
Dec 4, 2008
Messages
13,820
Reaction score
147
Location
Scottish Borders
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
12 and 18 Nucs
You have "Play cups" which are NOT swarm cells.

You will have Queen cells when there are larvae in them.

I forget how often I have posted this this season here.

PH
 

the naked beekeeper 

Field Bee
Joined
Nov 9, 2008
Messages
739
Reaction score
0
Location
S.E. Cornwall
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
Enough
You have "Play cups" which are NOT swarm cells.

You will have Queen cells when there are larvae in them.

I forget how often I have posted this this season here.

PH
I do remember you saying that in another thread.

I just wanted to be doubly sure, so thank you for repeating yourself!!:)
 
Top