I have a hive of Italians that were hived as a package the first week of May. During the first inspection 2 weeks later, the queen had a decent brood pattern. I looked in about 2 weeks later, and there were no eggs, no larva, just a bit of capped brood, no queen cells. I had a nuc with a new Italian queen in it, so I combined with newspaper, and about a week later I checked again. There are no eggs, no larva, just a very small amount of capped brood, and NO QUEEN. I have placed a frame of eggs in two days ago, but haven't checked yet. My question is this, could the original queen still be in there? There are no laying workers, as there are no eggs, it acts like a queenright hive, but no brood? What are my options at this point??
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