We did an inspection today of our four main hives and I am freaking out that one of them is diseased! We have one bought hive and 3 caught swarms from this season. Two of the swarms and the bought hive are doing well with a great laying pattern etc. however one of the swarm looks wrong and I’m hoping that this forum can help me work out what is going on.
The swarm was captured at the beginning of October and a look 2 weeks later showed no eggs, which led me to worry and post here, the conclusion of which was that we planned to add a frame of brood the following week so the bees could make a queen. However, the next week when we inspected we saw brood so I happily left them, assuming we had a Virgin queen who was now mated and laying.
Fast forward 2 weeks to our inspection today and all is not
I gave them a frame of brood before I looked at the photos hoping that they may make a new queen (I know not easy if we do have laying workers), but now I’m concerned that something worse is happening.
Anyway, enough rambling. I’ve posted a pic below of the brood pattern and potential mummy, and any advice would be much appreciated.