This frame has 5 emergency queen cells on it. 4 of which are already capped. Okay what does that mean? Basically what happens is every hive has only 1 queen and if that queen gets sick or died for any reason the worker bees (also female) will start making a larger cell in the frame that they will feed and make into a new queen. When they close it off the process is complete and the queen egg just has to grow. Now some of you might be thinking, if there is only 1 queen per hive why are there 5 queen cells???????? Well I think they might do this as a back up plan, their survival depends on the queen so they over do it to make sure they provide what is needed. However if all of the queens make it out then we have a few things to think about.......One the strongest might take out the others (this is what I'm hoping for). If one queen hatches before the others she will go around and destroy the other cells and all that is in them. My fear is they will split and I might loose part of my hive. :( I would not be happy about this.
Here are some closer looks at the comb.
Here is me at the end. Today I didn't get stung but those bees were a little angry toward the end of my exploration of their hive. HaHa They stayed around my hat for a long time making sure I knew they were a bit ticked off.