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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.



top view

bottom view, bottom of cell broke off.

top left is top of cell

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