I went to 3 of my out yards today to weed eat and do a quick inspection of top box's.
Every hive still has drones in them.
I have one hive that was a swarm the end of March that filled a 10 frame deep.
They had 2 full deeps and 2 - 1/2 full suppers on after pulling 3 full suppers in early August.
I opened it and started combining the drawn frames in to 1 supper.
I found caped drone cells at the bottom of some frames so I thought I'm going to look further.
I checked the top deep and it had capped drone cells/larvae covering 2 frames on ether side of the brood area.
There were 10 frames of worker brood from egg - caped cells in the 2 deeps.
And YES I saw the Queen.
I though why not and pulled 4 frames and shook in some extra bee's and started a nuc on September 1st.
I will probably put this nuc in a new OV hive I am getting ready to build in the next week.