I wrote earlier about my "hive diminishing to nothing" and received many helpful comments from folks on this forum.
Unfortunately, I did not identify my hive's queen-less state (from day 1) until it was too late to re-queen and save the colony. I am now entering my 52nd day since hiving my 3 lb. pkg. There was never any brood so no replacement of older bees took place. I've read that the lifespan of a honeybee is about 43 days. If this is accurate, why do I still have several hundred bees occupying my hive long past that lifespan? How is this possible? They are now consuming their capped honey but not doing much else.
Thank you in advance for any answers/comments. I'm trying to grow my knowledge and could not find this info myself.