This is my first fall with my top bar hive. I think they've done great this summer, and they're very busy right now bringing in pollen and nectar from goldenrod. I inspected a week ago and saw lots of honey where they've backfilled some brood combs and have about four bars of capped honey and lots on the tops of all the combs. I saw the queen and brood in different stages. I also look under the hive through the screened bottom every day. In the last several days I noticed that the first few combs that I can see no longer have honey in them. They were almost full of honey and half capped, but now they're completely empty. I wasn't sure if I was remembering right from my inspection, so I looked at pics I took, and there was honey in those combs. So my questions are:
Do bees move honey to other combs in the hive?
Could they have been robbed without me knowing?
Would they be eating the honey this time of the year with so much nectar available?
Or what the heck is going on?
Any help is appreciated!