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Hi all,
I've noticed that the bees are not bringing in much pollen. They've also stopped drinking the syrup. We have two deeps on a hive started in a suburban area with plenty of flowers the end of April. The bottom deep is 80% drawn and the top is 60%. The top is heavy with lots of capped honey and a bit of capped brood. The bottom has layers of honey, pollen and capped brood at the bottom with open cells from emerged bee above. Couldn't see eggs or larva (though we aren't great at seeing eggs). There were no queen cells. I've noticed a few drones flying where there weren't any before and a few capped drone cells on inspection. We've never spotted the queen, just seen evidence.

Could this just be a slow down on the laying because of the heat? Also disinterest in syrup because of nectar available? Should I put in a pollen patty or just accept that the bees know how much to collect in relation to the queen laying?

Thanks for any advice from the pros! :)
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