Re: Missing eggs- Advice needed
Beeslave's right. You see, what happened is your queen ran outta gas, er sperm. The queen mates and stores drone semen in her spermetheca---think of it like a gas tank of sorts. If she's not mated adequately her spermetheca (sperm storage bladder) will empty far sooner than a well-mated queen, which has a full spermetheca. No sperm left, no fertilized worker brood. This is likely what's happened. Your hive's not swarming (I bet), they're bearding, which is a result of trying to cool off. What's your daytime high temps there in FAHHHHRRRR-goh? Narth DAHH koo tah.
You need to get a new queen, and probably fairly quick too. If you have another stronger hive, swap the frames of drone brood with frames of very young larvae and eggs from another hive, and have the bees make a new queen from that frame.
Last edited by Bizzybee; 06-27-2009 at 03:11 PM.
Reason: Unnecessary quoting
"...the most populous colonies ...are provided by queens ...in the year following their birth." Brother Adam