My wife and I are new to beekeeping, and are loving it. We are in Wollongong, one hour south of Sydney Australia. We installed a package + queen into the flow brood box a little over 2 weeks ago. We have inspected twice since installation and it appears that all is going well.
Today when we inspected to top up the frame feeder we had a plan to find the queen (unmarked) and check for different cells etc etc…we did not find the queen during inspection but may or may have not found her in hindsight in a photo, attached below…opinions gratefully received.
Good news is that on the inner frames we saw many large white curved up larva in cells as well as honey cells, pollen cells and capped brood cells too. So we think all is probably well.
However I have a question regarding some unusual looking cells drawn out on one of the outer frames. (FYI we have used wax foundation on plastic frames.)
Photo attached (hopefully I have succeeded at that)…is this normal? Is it an attempt at cross comb? Or is there some chance it is the start of a supersedure cell?
Any advice really appreciated…and if there is anyone in Wollongong that would like to team up every now and then or discuss bee issues that would be cool too
Thanks, Aaron and Jane