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.