UPDATE: OK, here's a weird one. I checked the colony today to see how they were doing on honey and I saw another queen cell they were in the process of building(almost complete, but not capped). How could this be?
It is definetely new. Definetely not a drone cell.
I began the trapout on Sept 9th. According to bee math, the new queen(that I hope is in there, still no visual on her) shouldnt be laying for at least 5 more days at the earliest.
Another thing that freaked me out, is now there are some drone cells I never noticed before. Which I think could be because they are the last bees to hatch out of the frame of brood I put in, and i just never noticed them mixed in with the regular worker brood.
Does any of this sound like laying worker activity to you or am I just being a nervous nellie??? Well, I am sure I AM being a nervous nellie, so thanks for listening! But the queen cell thing is really confusing to me.
Im going to check in 5 more days and see if those drones are hatched and if there are any eggs layed then I guess I will have my laying worker answer.
The bees are busily hauling in pollen and nectar(which I thought was a good sign in the queen department) and have no food shortage. They have also begun to draw out their first frame of foundation.
Thanks for the feedback from everyone.......
(Oh, BTW, Frantz.....bees were brought to hawaii around 1855-ish, German Blacks. And then a few years later some Italians. Apparently, they were very hard to get to survive the long boat ride and it took a few tries. Now no one may import bees here)