queenright, no brood, no eggs. ???
I did a cutout Friday. The woman said they'd come in last year, but when I looked at them a couple weeks ago there was so little traffic I wondered what she was smoking! Then I saw one bee enter, and scheduled the cutout.
There were about 5 small combs, a couple of them darkish, less than a half a bucket's worth. @100 bees and one black-abdomened queen who seemed frisky enough. But no eggs, no brood at all. Wouldn't a queen who has no semen (and not even a drone layer) be superceded before they swarmed with her? That's the only way I'm coming up with for this to have happened. And why no laying workers?
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