Queens sometimes do some odd things.
One of my hives was particularly strong at the outset of this season, building up very quickly out of the the two deep brood chamber boxes. In May, I put on four deep honey supers.
The odd thing is that on two occasions in July, with that hive going gangbusters, I found the queen in the very top honey super! She was simply strolling around among the workers who were busy filling the comb with fresh nectar. There had been no laying in the honey supers except for a few in the middle frame of the first one above the brood chamber.
On both occasions, I shooed her majesty into the front entrance. The hive seems to have weakened somewhat in August. Either it may have given off a small swarm when nobody was looking, or the queen hasn't been taking her responsibilities seriously.
By the way, I'll be harvesting about 90 kilograms (200 lbs.) from this baby. However, a new monarch may be coronated in the not too distant future.
Anyone else ever witness this kind of behaviour?
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