I took out 8 frames that were pretty much empty and unppopulated.
The girls had cleaned up these stickies after harvest, you can still see where I had gouged out the comb slightly with my amateur de-capping technique.
A bit of debris and discolouring here and there.
The top box I took out completely, but the middle box still had a fair bit of capped honey
and lots of nectar in it.
I guess if one of these was a drone, I could get out a microscope and measure a bees dick.
Capped honey from the second box.
Since harvest, the amount of honey in there had pretty much stayed the same.
The frames with honey in them that I had left, were still fairly full,
but the ones I had harvested were still pretty much empty, too.
So I get down to the brood box, and bugger me, no bloody capped brood.
No eggs to be seen. No sighting of the queen, either.
This means almost certainly that the queen is gone.
There are a few capped brood cells here and there, but I'm pretty sure they are drones.
Lots of pollen.
So re-queening last time didn't work?
Mysterious, and really bad news.
This could mean that I lose the bees completely, as I have no idea how long the queen has been gone, except that it seems to be more than 3 weeks ago, as this is the time it take from when an egg is laid to when they come out of the capped brood. This means that all the bees are getting older, and their life-span is only sometimes 7 weeks, if they have been working hard.
This reminds me how little I know about this whole bee business.
Time to get another new queen.