>are there eggs in there?
In where? The queen cells? Yes, one was capped. All were long. (not the burr comb pictures the capped comb pictures with the supercedure cells on it).
> could they just be emergency cups with no eggs/larvae?
They are long and some are capped.
> I don't understnad the knowing something we don't thing
The bees can sense if they have been cleaning out a lot of unfertilized eggs. They can sense if the queen isn't making enough QMP. They seem to be pretty accurate at sensing a queen that is about to fail. Tearing out supercedure cells all the time will quickly teach you this as you will end up with a failing queen often enough to reinforce the concept.
> and I think their imperitive is to reproduce their kind and if that is white wax I saw deposited on the top bar, is it possible this could be the plans for a reproductive swarm
Those were not swarm cells.
> NOT a overcrowding swarm?
I can't say if they are overcrowded, but that brood was solid, not all filled in with nectar, and the queen cells are high up and don't look like swarm cells.
>What is the difference between a REPRODUCTIVE swarm and an OVERCROWDING swarm? I think you are confusing like terms such as "burr" and "brace" comb. Swarms are ALL for the intent of reproduction and they take place due to overcrowding.
During the reproducti8ve swarm season, (here that's from about the first of May to the end of June) the bees are trying to cast a reproductive swarm that will have the main flow to build up on for the next winter. This is the best chance for the hive to reproduce itself. Adding supers does not deter a reproductive swarm. Of course you need to make sure they have supers or they will backfill the brood nest because they have no where to put it, but they will backfill the brood nest with nectar when preparing a reproductive swarm, on purpose so they can slim down the queen and free up the nurse bees (who are going to leave). In otherwords, they are TRYING to have a swarm.
Once you're past the reproductive swarm period, you CAN deter a swarm simply by keeping supers on. But if you DON'T keep supers on and they run out of room they will backfill the brood nest (not on purpose but because there is no where to put the nectar) and the same sequence of events will start and cause them to swarm, because they are simply out of room. This can happen anytime and is entirely because you didn't give them enough supers.http://www.bushfarms.com/beesswarmcontrol.htm