What type of cell is this?

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I've never seen a cell quite like this before. It's in a colony that has a newly emerged supersedure queen. To me it looks like a "dreen" cell :)
Ordinary capped drone and worker cells can be seen near it. It looks like I dented the top of it taking it out...but please ignore that.
 

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Looks like a drone to me with a bit of a bulbous capping. Have a close look though because they can be sneaky gits when slipping in queen cells although I don’t think that’s 1
 

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Looks like a drone to me with a bit of a bulbous capping. Have a close look though because they can be sneaky gits when slipping in queen cells although I don’t think that’s 1
Thanks Ian. I will open it up tomorrow to see what it is (just in case).
 

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It was a queen cell by the looks of it. The first photo shows the larva removed from the cell and now lying next to it ...it was lying on its side and occupying the bulb of the cell. The other photo shows the royal jelly in the cell. The cell was actually quite deep.
 

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Having some difficulty seeing the pictures on this device, but looks like you have drone cells on worker foundation? Implying a failing queen or drone laying workers.

I examined a deadout recently where the workers had instinctively made a queen cell round a drone as that was all they had to work with.
 

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Having some difficulty seeing the pictures on this device, but looks like you have drone cells on worker foundation? Implying a failing queen or drone laying workers.

I examined a deadout recently where the workers had instinctively made a queen cell round a drone as that was all they had to work with.
Spot on oxnatbees 👍 Failing queen.
 

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Just don’t go relying on any of those Qcells.
 

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