If the bees are bringing in a steady load of pollen, does that mean they are queen-right?
I didn't see the queen last time I peeked in the hive, but I also didn't knock myself out trying to find her. I'm wondering if there's a direct correlation between pollen gathering and the presence of the queen.
Bees will bring in pollen and nectar whether they are queenright or not. Both are part of their 2 main food groups. Lack of eggs, larvae, or capped pupae are more indicative of a missing queen but just because the hive lacks brood does not necessarialy mean that it is queenless. Russian have a habit of going into a brood dearth immediately after a large honey flow to which many assume the have has gone queenless and waste money and time on trying to requeen a queenright hive. The brood frame test is a better indicator but still not absolute.