Queen Cell Identification

Discussion in 'Raising Queens' started by riverbee, May 10, 2012.

  1. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    Many new beeks here, and I read many posts with questions about queen cells present on frames.

    This is a link to a pdf file to help you identify what type of queen cell you have on your frames, color photographs, where they are located, why they are there, with descriptions, differences, and recommended course of action /non action, and other informative valuable information:

    There are queen cells In my hive-what should I do?

    An intro to the pdf file:

    “Hive Diagnosis
    Before you contemplate any management of a colony that has developed queen cells you have to understand what is going on - what stage in the swarming process has the colony reached? All the information you need to make this diagnosis is ‘written’ there on the (brood) combs and to a lesser extent the bees. But before you make this diagnosis you have to know how to the ‘read’ the combs - what you are looking at and what else you need to look for. To be able to do this effectively you must have a basic knowledge of honey bee biology and behavior.

    Types of Queen Cell
    There are three different types of queen cell:-
    1) Swarm cells
    2) Supersedure cells, and
    3) Emergency cells

    It is important to be able to correctly identify the three types of queen cell (see also Figures 1-3) Only the presence of swarm cells means that the colony is intent on swarming. The other two types are there for entirely different reasons and this does NOT include any intention to swarm. Supersedure and emergency queen cells do not usually require any intervention from the beekeeper - except to leave the bees strictly alone and let them get on with it. So, how do you tell the difference between the three types?â€


    Hope this helps some of you, feel free to post a comment or a question.

    Happy reading what is ‘written’ on your frames! :grin:
     
  2. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Now that is a good read!! Tons of info there!!

    Thanks for the link Riverbee.
     

  3. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    thanks g3,
    i thought it might be helpful, even for some of us older keeps....
     
  4. bamabww

    bamabww New Member

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    Very helpful to me, thanks for the link.
     
  5. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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  6. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    good catch riverbee.
     
  7. Hog Wild

    Hog Wild New Member

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    Great information & graphics, Thanks!
     
  8. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    thanks tecumseh, and thanks hog wild for your comments. i appreciate it.
     
  9. jim314

    jim314 New Member

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    Good read riverbee, thanks for posting.
     
  10. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    thanks jim,
    you are welcome!
     
  11. HisPalette

    HisPalette New Member

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    We totally needed this. Our spring issues now all make sense! Feel like we found a whole bunch more pieces to the beekeeping puzzle! Many thanks and now I can see I have one starting to show signs...queen cups already after the split in April... Boxes ready! I can deal with another hive! :grin:
     
  12. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    thanks for your reply hispalette, and your comments. you are welcome!
     
  13. tmrschessie

    tmrschessie New Member

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    Outstanding read.....makes a lot of sense ...thank you riverbee....Tom
     
  14. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    tom,
    you are welcome! :grin:
     
  15. gustavo_m_2000

    gustavo_m_2000 New Member

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    That link has been disable!?
    I am trying with my iPhone and I wouldn't work.
     
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    kebee Active Member

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    gustavo_m_2000 New Member

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