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Large Cells

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:02 pm
by muss02
I opened my hive earlier today and noticed that in two of my newly drawn out frames (foundationless) of honey there were normal sized cells as well as sections of comb that were significantly larger than the rest. I included a picture that I managed to take. Is this something to worry about? Should I cut it out and let them try drawing it out again? Any explanation for this behavior? Thanks!

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Re: Large Cells

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 12:28 am
by Dustymunky
Sounds like drone comb. Completely normal and nothing to worry about. I can't see the picture, I think it needs to be pretty small file size to post.

Re: Large Cells

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:33 pm
by Michael Bush
Bees have a quota of drone comb that shifts based on how established the colony is. They also have a quota of drone that shifts depending on how established the colony is and how much resources are coming in. If you remove the drone comb, they will make more. If you remove drone brood, they will make more.