Remove the duct tape and check and make sure you don't have a laying queen and a few workers
What I thought was my second lost hive was discovered today. I had noticed a few days ago the traffic from this colony was very slow. found a lot of dead bees on the ground in front and on the landing board. Tore it apart and found some eggs and some young brood. But not the queen.
Put another bottom board on, trimmed it to one box and added my frame feeder with 1to1 sugar syrup. Although it is a very small cluster, Thought I'd give them a chance to come back.
My fault for not checking this colony closer. they starved.
Some time in the spring you will have a large die off. But not all the bees will die. There is a normal die off in the spring, from the older bees that overwintered.
If you still had honey left maybe they didn't starve.
If they starve you should find large #'s of bees dead in the cells, head first, scattered through out the frames. The piles of bees come from the bees cleaning house.
Hope this helps. doak