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bcooper
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« on: August 26, 2012, 06:30:50 PM »

The 13th of this month I grafted 5 cell cups and put them into a nuc that had a laying worker as a test, and posted the question about them making queen cells on here. Well they took to it and everything looked good for several days and they capped on schedule. I then left one behind to see if it would stop the laying worker and was chewed open way to early to have emerged. I put one in a freshly made nuc and thought she would emerge the 24th or 25th. I checked today and still capped, upon real close inspection there was nothing in it. Any thoughts on this?
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2012, 03:24:35 AM »

I have read and been told meany times that the bees often recap the queen cell after she has emerged. I'd be interested if anyone can confirm this.
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2012, 11:07:10 AM »

They only recap them when there is still a queen in them.
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