I’m experiencing my first full spring as a beekeeper and I’m saddened to say that I’ve run into a big hiccup. I couldn’t find my queen in an inspection yesterday and found I had reduced numbers of bees and no sign off larvae or eggs.
In the last 2.5 weeks I’ve performed 2 inspections:
The inspection that I undertook 2.5 weeks ago was great. Honey stores in brood and super were looking great, larvae and eggs were in abundance and I had about 80% of my brood box filled. Queen was sighted too I noticed a considerable amount of bees but assumed I wouldn’t need to split due to the remaining 20%.
My latest inspection (performed yesterday) was rather concerning. A reduction in bee numbers, no queen spotted, no eggs or larvae found and some cells showed strange contents.
My assumption is that my queen may have swarmed and the attempts for the hive to rear another queen has failed, or she is infertile?
I’ve also taken a few pictures of a number of frames as the frames just don’t look right. A number of cells have funny looking content inside and I’m just not sure what it is.
So I guess I have two questions.
- What has happened to my queen and hive in general and;
- Is my hive diseased?
Any assistance or advice from anyone would be greatly appreciated!