I just returned from a 21 day vacation. I have an active hive in Missouri. Hive was last inspected on 7/17. Didn't observe the queen at that time but had lots of capped brood, capped honey, and some uncapped larva. I had been feeding 1:1 sugar water due to drought and lack of available pollen.

I inspected the hive this morning. Observed the queen; didn't observe her laying. There is very little capped brood and didn't see any eggs or larva. Observed 1 hatching cell. It has been over 100 degrees for weeks and in a severe drought.

Would the queen quit laying due to drought and heat? Do I need to replace the queen? I have resumed feeding 1:1 sugar water.