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Queen cup

When you see lots of these - start looking very carefully. The early stages of swarm preparation in one of my hives this morning. Often these 'play' never get laid in so are no problem - I cut this one out and luckily there was no egg. Once laid in the workers draw it out into a queen cell and feed the larva extra rations of royal jelly to produce a new queen. It made a bee magazine front cover ;-)

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Taken on May 15, 2006