I hope the images attached. I have an unusually high incidence of drone bees (oh oh!), but also no eggs to note. I THINK my bees have swarmed recently, as their numbers seem to have dropped suddenly. I saw a newborn worker chewing her way out of her cell- so some of those sparse cells must be workers. I'm just scratching my head as to what is going on! Why do I have so many drones and almost no brood!?
Here are my two options and why I'm confused:
We in an interregnum and waiting for the new queen to get fertilized from her mating flight- then why are there so many drones!? Do the drones get left behind when swarming? Why is there almost no brood left over?
We have laying workers. Then where are the drone cells/eggs? I only checked the first 6 frames, but the back frames are all honeycomb. Will workers lay on the back combs mostly (topbar hive)? And why would I find a worker chewing her way out?
One last point- I see two swarm queen cells at the bottom of two frames: they're capped and everything but I don't know how this colony could possibly swarm right now. Is there a way to check if they're full?
Thanks for the help!