Too late to re-queen?
Is it too late in the season to re-queen?
I'm a relatively new beekeeper (had my have for about 4 months) in San Francisco, CA. I just completed an inspection and it looks like the queen is gone.
My last inspection was ~2 weeks ago, and everything was fine at that point.
Today I saw:
- No queen (normally I see her right away)
- No larva in cells
- No eggs
- 3 empty queen cells (all at the top of the frame)
- Lots of bees, and lots of stored nectar/pollen
I'm tempted to let the hive do it's thing and develop a new queen, but I'm not sure.