I just inspected my long hive- everything looked excellent outside- loads of bees bringing in loads of pollen.
Opened it up: full of bees- every frame completely covered. Started going through the frames: honey, honey, honey… NO brood! No Larvae! Just a small patch of drone cells on one comb- I assume from a laying worker. . It seems my queen died on me - somehow- maybe when I transferred the colony into the long hive. This is very sad for me as I made her this year with a split from my mums hive and I had high hopes for her.
What To Do??
It is very late here in Adelaide in the season- there are still a few drones to be seen at my various hives but nowhere near as many as a few weeks ago.
I rang a WA queen supplier: he had no queens at the moment but is hoping to get some more in the next 10 days or so- though he cannot guarantee it. It’s likely but not certain.
I can probably find a frame of brood to spare from one of my other hives- but would a new queen have time at this late stage of the season to get created, mated and laying?
As I said the hive is bursting with bees on 13 frames- lots of honey and some pollen stores. The bees were relatively relaxed on inspection- which is odd- I thought queenless hives got very nasty?