I'm new at posting - hoping I put this in the right place.
We examined a hive this weekend, knowing that the bees were gone. It had a "robbing screen" on it, so it wasn't robbed out. I found 7 deep frames of honey intact; 2 full deeps of pollen.
Found something that has me stumped:
The queen was dead, on one of the combs, all by herself.
She looked perfectly normal other than she was dead. There were no other bees on the combs. A few dead bees on the bottom of the hive, otherwise the hive was empty of bees. There were no queen cells anywhere in the hive.
If the bees had just absconded, I would expect the queen to have gone with them, but she was there, alone.
-Any thoughts on what might have happened here?
-Anyone seen something like this before - bees gone but queen still there?
Let me know if I need to provide any other details.