About two weeks ago I hived an an open air colony as B3 and Bjorn had suggested, using rubber bands on the frames to support the comb. All seemed to be going well, but when I checked my hives today, all that is left is ants beginning to march on in. I check my hives every 1-2 days, and am not sure why they left. At any rate, do you think I should split off some frames from another hive and insert a queen (I know of a couple local who rear and mate queens),, or see if I the commercial guy that parks his nucs on our property would sell a nuc? I would like to get some bees back on this comb. By the way, I took a look around my boxes for a swarm cluster, but didnt find any. Thanks for any ideas, Mark PS: Yes, Idee, I know I still need to get those pictures posted!