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« on: June 04, 2012, 07:14:41 AM »

Do the bees build a queen cell around an egg or do they move the egg to the queen cup/cell?



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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2012, 07:32:21 AM »

Cell around the egg.
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2012, 07:47:38 AM »

Depends on whether it's an emergency cell or a swarm/supercedure cell.   If the bees know in advance that they want to prepare to make a queen, they will start a queen cup and the queen will then lay an egg inside it.  The cup can then be expanded into a queen cell.  Queen cups/cells are often built just-in-case and may be torn down again before being capped.

In the case of an emergency cell, when the need for a new queen is not recognized by the bees while there is still a laying queen available, they have to refashion a worker cell into a queen cell after the egg has been laid.  In that case they prefer a young larva in a newly drawn cell which has soft, pliable wax that is easily reworked into a queen cell.

The workers don't move eggs around from one cell to another.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012, 07:56:14 PM »

Thanks for the information. It was just a question that crossed my mind.


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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2012, 09:36:36 PM »

Except for swarm cells, they don't use eggs. They start with larva.
Like frame says, they don't move them.
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