We had a hive of honey bees move into a unused pop-up trailer in the Summer of 2010. We left them alone and they seemed very happy. Today my boyfriend opened up the trailer to see what was going on since we wanted to get rid of the trailer and to move the hive to a new home. There was a bunch of honey comb and honey and some of the comb appears to be sealed up but no bees at all.
Did the hive abscond? Will they be back? Are there pupa in the sealed cells (I assume if there are they are dead given the cold and lack of bees)? Is the honey safe to process?
Thanks in advance!