I am based in Melbourne and inspected the hive today and noticed some significant changes since my last inspection 6 days ago. Today I could not see any new eggs or larvae. Although still capped brood.
I couldn’t find the Queen.
I did find Queen cells on the face of a frame, and two at the bottom. The cell on the face of the frame, and one of the bottom cells has larvae, so it looks like the hive plans to requeen. i just don’t know if they also plan to swarm.
My brood box is from a Nuc I purchased 10 months ago. It has been building nicely, but still not overflowing with bees.
This has come as a bit of a shock today. I expect that I should just let the hive continue with their plans, and I’m hoping those plans are to requeen rather than to swarm. There doesn’t appear to be a lack of space in the hive for a laying queen, so I can only assume the Queen has perished and they are planning to replace her.
Please let me know if any more experienced beekeepers have a different view.