Hello all. Today I did my second inspection of my two hives started from nucs on 4/29. I’ve noticed since the first week that one hive seemed stronger than the other. So strong that I added a second brood box last week. I looked into this one first and on the second frame - look who I found!
The other, slower hive looked about 60-70% full, still had one empty frame. Was prepared to add a second brood box but opted not to based on its nearly-but-not-quite population level. This hive was fairly defensive - lots of guards around my veil, bees boiling up all over my gloved hand every time I moved a frame. Also a more whiny sounding hum…and three of these:
I did not see a queen in that hive, but of course I could have missed her. I didn’t see new eggs either, but there was plenty of uncapped & capped larvae.
I’m having trouble finding info on distinguishing between emergency and swarm cells, but am inclined to think these are swarm cells…yet I don’t see the bursting population I assumed there’d be if a colony wants to swarm.
All input & advice welcome & thanks in advance
PS: I’m proud to say I squashed Zero bees today