I checked it, just popping the top and seeing if there was honey in the super about 3 weeks ago? And there was bees a plenty...Last weekend when there was a break in the rain, I walked around the yard and noticed no bees coming in and out...maybe one or two every once in awhile, now I am thinking they were robbers/curious bees.
When I opened it today, there weren't many dead bees in the bottom, and maybe a good double handful of dead bees in the whole hive, and not much brood. I wondered if something had happened to the queen maybe? Some of the bees have their head in a cell, like I have read starving bees do. There were two full frames of honey on each side of the top deep, and the super still has plenty of honey, as you can see from the photos. Most of the dead bees were stuck to the frame like in the photo.
I started this hive from a softball size swarm that got in my trap, while it was under my screen outbuilding, year before last. It took them a little while to get built up, but then they were booming all last year... I got a good bit of honey from them this last summer.