Hi Everyone! This is my first post on the forum.
This past Spring I purchased 1 nuc and transferred it to a hive (I haven’t had a hive in around 4 years), and they have been doing very well! Yesterday I went in to inspect the brood and look for my queen. Upon inspection I could clearly see bees of all development stages along with eggs clearly laid by the queen (there was only 1 per cell, and they were perfectly centered), however I could not see or find the queen. I closed the hive not too concerned with not seeing her as many eggs were just laid, and I was sure she was somewhere within the hive.
Before I left I decided to check the dead bees outside my hive to ensure everything was normal there (not too many dead, etc.) and there was my queen with the dead bees! I am unsure at this point if I should re-queen myself, or wait for the bees to do so on their own. It is worth mentioning that I saw at least 1 queen cell while inspecting my hive.