A newbee here.
I just did my first extraction over the weekend and I am glad I did a frame inspection first as I would have extracted the wrong frame. My intent was to extract one frame from the middle of the super, but I ended up extracting from an outer frame.
Just a few questions on how the bees cap the cells. It looked like the bees worked the inner frames first then moved to the outer frames. Below is picture from Mar 6 notice that they are working on the inner frames
A week later they were working on the outer frames (March 14) image below
Then on then Sunday (March 20) all cells from this viewpoint looked full. I did a frame inspection by lifting each frame and noticed that only the first frame (next to the observation window was fully capped). The other frames had a strange pattern of what was capped and not capped basically, this patterm was the opposite of what I would expect. The edges and top of each frame was capped but the lower middle was uncapped.
Is this normal?
Would these cells have previously been capped and then uncapped for feeding the brood?