Tag / missing queen

Beekeeping Bees


Yesterday, as I closed down the pollen trap on Briar to collect a sample for the Harvard Study, I decided to take a peek into Willow.  In my last post, I was unsure that the queen was there.  As I entered the hive, my worst thoughts were suspected.  The population has dwindled.  Most of the bees are remaining in the lower deep and there is only a very small amount of capped brood.  I did not see any eggs or larvae.  On the 5th frame in the upper deep I did find a lone capped queen cell.