I came back from a two and a half week vacation to find my strong hive consisting of a brood nest, and two mediums with fewer bees, and from what I can tell, no brood at all!!! I believe there is none, and the queen is likely not present or has been replaced.
Please look over the pics from yesterday's inspection. Take careful look at pics 8-10. Something in me says there is something wrong.
What is your thought? Could ants have done this? In both mediums...they each weigh at least 40 lbs, full of honey (yet still some space) and are backbreaking heavy!!! If ants did this job, I would think the hive would be full of ants. There were only a few straggler ants found on the top and outside of the hive...
I believe no matter the case, I should attempt to requeen. I was told to smoke out the queen by using the queen excluder. What is your thoughts????
Thanks for any input,
PS. Trying to upload pics...hold on...