Re: Bees acting strange
Here in west Alabama the bees stop drawing comb around the middle of June to the middle of July unless I feed 1:1 syrup. Depending on where you are, not drawing comb is probably normal. My queens also start winding down the brood production during the dearth. Agree with Yunzow, if you see more than a couple of SHB, look at getting rid of those. There are probably a lot more that you don't see and they can get out of hand quickly.
About now I start removing empty boxes to cut back on the amount of space the bees have to patrol, and cut back on the area that SHB can infest. Keep the space reduced so there are enough bees to control pests.
When I'm looking for the queen, I'll reduce or not use any smoke when I open the hive. Some of my queens are very adept at hiding when I smoke the hive. I have the smoker ready in case the hive turns nasty but usually don't have any issues and find the queen most times.
"Sometimes the best action, with bees, is no action at all."