I'm about 30 miles north of S.F., no rain yet but cold nights in the low 40s, barely reaching 65 in the day, 70 if we are lucky...about to get clobbered with rain and cold....
I understand some queens break the brood cycle to prepare for winter...they stop laying. This also helps disrupt the mite breeding cycle.
Do you all observe this? How do you tell the difference between a queenless hive versus one that is just not laying if you can't find the queen?
When does it start for you in the year? (need to know your location).
How long does it last?
Do the queens shrink down in size? Do they pretend to be workers?