Local honey, Bees and Queens from Long Island, New York
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Bearding in the summer months is a common sight.
Bees build queen cells to produce new queens. They may be getting ready to swarm or they may want to replace a failing queen, or they may have lost their queen. In this case, the colony has lost its queen. See whether you can spot all 6 queen cells.
Queen lays eggs at the bottom of the cells, one per cell. The eggs hatch in 3 days to form a tiny larva.
Occupied queen cell and empty queen cup