Last week the state (Maryland) apiary inpection officer arrived at my home. Unfortunately I wasn't there, but my husband spoke to him. As I had realized, the new hive I installed this spring was queenless, despite two additional attempts at replacing the queen. The inspector told me that this has been a problem all over the east coast of the US. Has anyone else heard this? I had already given up on this colony (after unsuccessful attempts including providing brood from my established hive), and this weekend I think the established bees finally started robbing the weak hive. I figure I will try again next spring, but I'm wondering how to aviod this again next year.