I know that my bees swarmed once this year (as I managed to capture it), and I think they may have actually swarmed twice. When I look at the hive, there seems to be lots of coming and goings but no pollen coming in. There is also a queen cell visible in the observation window, but it has been there for a couple of weeks now. So I’m not sure what is happening there.
Looking at the hive today, I saw that there is an unusually high number of drones inside. My concern is that there has been a failed queen, and that the colony now has a laying worker. If this is the case, there is probably nothing I can do about it but wanted to check to see if anyone else has any ideas on what could be going on and also any potential ways forward.
Graham Reading, Berkshire