Decided I would go around and do a few checks on hives close by. There was one that I have referred to in previous posts that was quite small in numbers. It was really nasty late in the fall and I have been guessing that it may have been queenless. Well I think I was right. It is dead.:sad: I took a look through the top box, removing frames and found 2 very small clusters of only a few dozen bees and that was it. I could not seem to locate any signs of a larger dead cluster between the frames in the lower box, so I am assuming it just dwindled away. I will take my truck next time and tear it apart for a postmortem. I found a few frames of honey in the top and I will set them aside for other hives when/if it ever warms up enough to peek inside a few and pull frames. This is the time of year where things get dicey.