Queen die off
I hived 2 packages (Beeweavers) on the 30th of March. They did great, filling 2 frames of drawn comb with brood, until about 10 days ago, when the hives became queenless (not sure about one, but there's no open brood it in). There were a few supercedure cells.
I had another hive from a cutout that produced an emergency queen on the 8th, who I last saw on the 21st. Can't find her now, and no evidence of eggs/larvae. Don't think she mated.
I took one of the supercedure cells that looked about 10-12+ days old and stuck it in the cutout hive, hoping for a queen on the 23rd. Today cell is opened, but no queen (although she might be another virgin that I just didn't spot- she would have hatched in the last 24 hours or so).
We have plenty of drones. However it has been VERY windy (average 20-40 mph winds with frequent dust storms) for the last few weeks. So, maybe thats why the virgin didnt mate? But what about the packages? Seems strange that they would do so well for 2 weeks then the queen disappear. I am quite careful with the frames and pretty sure I havent accidentally pinched her.
Zone 8a at 4300ft. Langstroth- foundationless. 6 Hives. AHB region.