I wrote this whole enormous blog post last night thinking that maybe I have a laying worker and that the queen didn't take:


but it's a new package and it was installed three months ago, so if I never had a queen they'd all be dead right now, right? I'd have known... I think I've talked myself into maybe that I'm just panicking. I'm still going to open up the hive on Saturday, take the queen cage out, and probably put some lemongrass oil in the box below to see if I can coax them to build down...but I'd love a little back up. Any thoughts?