This is an FYI for New England beeks.
Upon isnpecting 20 hives today, all strong colonies have at least 1 frame of capped drones. The weaker colonies do not have any drones. My strongest colonies have 3-5 deeps frames of capped worker brood. There is nectar coming in too.
I write this beacuse usually 30 days after capped drones swarm season will be here. I am quite surprised to see these capped drones. The weather has been cold, cloudy, and windy for weeks. Swarm traps will be going up this week.