It's been a few weeks since my last inspection. I was concerned at that time with my second hive as I did not find any eggs and only a few larger larve.
Today, it was confirmed that I have been queenless for a while. This is the hive I started to feed to see if it would get the queen laying as we thought is still may have a queen but in a dearth.
There were a bunch of queen cells at the bottom of some of the frames. I don't know if these were there before. I also found one queen cell on the top 1/3 and I don't remember seeing that in the past. It was not capped. Could not tell if there was a larva in it.
Did not find any eggs and most of the capped brood were drone cells.
I believe I did find the new queen although no signs of her laying yet. If she was indeed the queen, the other bees were not paying much attention to her. She was defiantely larger although not as large as I have seen before and she had that distinctive queen waggle.
There are still a good number of bees in this hive. They have been making honey like crazy it appears probably due to being queenless.
I now need to decide whether to get a queen or not. Africanized bees are a real issue and I agreed to be sure that I had a marked queen or replace if it is known that the current queen was not purchased.
So I guess I am answering my own question. I need to requeen this hive. Now the fun of find her again, destroying any other cells and introducing a new queen. Find a queen now may be more difficult too.
Can you see the queen?