I have had my beekeeping interrupted this year with sick dogs, sick daughter sent grandchild to me on the day I bought the queen for the cutout bees, who promptly disappeared, then I had to emergency get her a couple of frames of food and brood and nurse bees and stick her in a nuc. Then 2 more grandchildren arrived, couldn't go to the bees. Got a litter of pups dropped on me, it was bottlefeed or let them die. got their mama fixed for free for my neighbor. Only good thing I can say about her is she called me when the crisis hit. I bought a lot of formula. then this, I go to check on my healthy 2 box hive on Tuesday, and the top box has nectar or syrup and a bit capped, and a small patch of capped drone brood. Bottom has highly polished cells in almost all frames, a couple with pollen or bee bread, no brood, capped or uncapped, no eggs, nothing. Went through 20 frames without seeing queen. No queen cells, no indication that hive had made emergency queen cells or a queen cell that had hatched after a swarm. when I set up that nuc I had moved the bees 3 feet away into a deep and medium (it was a deep nuc with 2 medium boxes of frames on top all full,) and put the deep and medium nuc back in place with the queen, who I released a few days later. So part of the workers from the bigger hive did come into the nuc. that would be approximately the end of June. ---------------------------------------------------------------- so, in an established hive with only a little capped drone brood, no eggs, no uncapped brood, no queen cells, was my instinct that the queen was gone correct, or had she gone into a laying dearth because I thought there was a flow and there wasn't? I did go through all 20 frames of the large established hive without seeing a queen, but they are quick critters. Had a student here, I injured my shoulder last week. I did a newspaper combine and put a nuc with fresh queen on top. Don't know if they are through yet, but all the workers from the nuc's spot were welcomed into the hive I put the nuc on top of. (left them frames and a return box on their bottom board, zero bees in it first night) No adult drones, in either hive, btw. (the nuc was started with a couple of frames from the established hive) I hope to get back in the hive later today but yesterday was a long work day and I have a truck full of trash, 2 customers that need seen, and . . .