One week after installing a new package, we opened up our hive and found:
- tons of honey
- 2 new combs
- some larvae
- no queen
- no new brood
- 2 supercedure cells
Methinks the queen has disappeared. We didn’t remove the supercedure cells thinking that maybe the workers are trying to raise a new one but at the end of the day we’re utter newbies. Clueless.
I’ve got an email into TJ for advice. In the meantime, the only consolation is that I tasted my first homegrown honey today and it was divine.
Ok, word from the bee guru:
It is very likely that the queen is there. If you can see larvae, then the queen did her job. In order for the supercedure cell to be there, the bees needed a less than three day old egg. Where else would they get it? Do not destroy the super cell. Lets see what develops.
So I’m in a holding pattern, folks. Stay tuned.