First timers here and wondering what these crazy bees are doing.  The other 9 frames look normal, but this one is all convoluted on 1 side of the plastic foundation, with like pockets in the comb.  And are those queen cells??  newbee looking for an education!!

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Jim, if there is not enough wax on a plastic foundation the bees will often draw comb like yours.  Especially, when not being fed or in a dearth of nectar. Sometimes they just feel like making a mess. 

The "queen" cells are not truly Queen cells.  They may just bee practicing.  Or warning the queen to do a better job. Or they will get rid of her.

The other different larger cells are drone cells.

Hope this helps, Lee

Check your Housel Positioning (Google). Scrape it all off and let them try again. Sometimes I think that near ferrel or foundation less bees can really not like and snuggle with foundation. I see it in my hives that run both frame configurations. They do what they do, not what we want.

Thanks Lee!  They are behaving better these days!

Lee Wisnioski said:

Jim, if there is not enough wax on a plastic foundation the bees will often draw comb like yours.  Especially, when not being fed or in a dearth of nectar. Sometimes they just feel like making a mess. 

The "queen" cells are not truly Queen cells.  They may just bee practicing.  Or warning the queen to do a better job. Or they will get rid of her.

The other different larger cells are drone cells.

Hope this helps, Lee

Thanks Steven---

Not sure if this was the issue, but as I added the super I made sure the frames were positioned this way.  I never thought there might bee different ways to have the frames!

Steven Brown said:

Check your Housel Positioning (Google). Scrape it all off and let them try again. Sometimes I think that near ferrel or foundation less bees can really not like and snuggle with foundation. I see it in my hives that run both frame configurations. They do what they do, not what we want.

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