I think i need help with my bees.
Back story: got my NUC last year. I grew my colony and it was strong going into winter. I fed them well through winter with a candy board.
Problem: Today was the only day i thought the temperature was high enough for my first inspection 11degrees. I opened the hive and all looked well i have 10,s of thousands of bees more that i ever had last year. As i continued with the inspection there was still honey frames but i noticed most of the frames where empty. Deep in the middle there was a patch of capped brood about the size of my fist with some larvae around it.
I’m not the best at spotting the queen but the lack of eggs brood larvae is making me think i don’t have a queen.
PANIC STATIONS - should i re-queen?, how long does my colony have?
Any help would be super appreciated.