I had a hive that went queenless for a while. I introduced a new Queen, 10 days later I removed the cage and was happy to see brood. That was two weeks ago. I opened the hive today to find a total wax moth infestation. All frames covered, cocoons all over the place and moths actively crawling all over the place. It still has a small cluster but I couldn't find a queen or any brood. Is there any reclamation or should I cut it all out and commit all to the solar melter :(
Come on folks, reduce the space when the population goes down. Your hives will be healthier a bit crowded than trying to defend a big hive with a few bees. Take the supers off and give them to a strong hive to clean up.
I don't believe she takes them, they take her. That is why they will quit feeding her prior to swarming, to get her down to flying weight.