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Open Queen Cell Found

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Open Queen Cell Found

I found what I'm pretty sure is a queen cell on the bottom of a comb today. There was no egg or larva that I could see and the top looked chewed open. It looked like a swarm cell but there was only one (I think) and I only installed this hive as a package in early May.

Since installation, I've never seen the queen on any of the bars (haven't really looked) but the colony has always seemed like it had a queen, and there was always plenty of brood, so I wasn't ever worried. Do you think the colony was trying to replace the queen or did they somehow just randomly make a queen cell? I'm a first year beekeeper so I'm not really sure about any of this but any advice would be appreciated.

https://preview.redd.it/45ifwl2scu791.jpg?width=4032&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=acd67055d6b02194bf58f8bca5f086deba39137b

https://preview.redd.it/b36dpl2scu791.jpg?width=4032&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=b969b38799fc12db3809cb0a0728a0074a8c7752

top view

bottom view, bottom of cell broke off.

top left is top of cell

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