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Newbie here: So I checked the lower hive and not much capped brood, didn't see the queen even though she is marked. LOTS of nectar.
Lots of bees hanging around outside (they have been for a couple of weeks), The top hive in looking down into it looks FULL of honey, could she maybe up there? Just seems like there should have been more than 2-3 frames of capped brood, but then I don't know. :scratch:
Sunday is my first bee club meeting, I can't wait
 

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Some queens can be quite elusive. She well could be up in the upper box. There may be some brood in lower parts of central frames of upper box. When honey and nectar stores has shut down the queens laying she could be anywhere but I dont think they should be at that stage yet in your location.

Be extra careful doing inspections this time of year. Killing a queen will be hard to recover from late in the season.
 

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Don't even look for her (especially now and in NY).
There could be still eggs - look for those - if see any, then good.
Or she maybe already stopping for the season - this is entirely valid too.
If bees feel OK, then they maybe OK.
No need be persistently flipping stuff about and trying to squish the queen this late.
 
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