I had a 2nd year hive that I split May 1st. boiling over with bees. I supered the hive I split immediately and got a full honey super in about two weeks, making me add a 2nd super, and a third anticipating the need for space, even after the split. I bottom supered, and did not use a queen excluder. The split was five frames from this hive, which they quickly replaced. I left the queen, at least that was what my inspections showed from the nuc. Since the middle to end of may my hive has not produced any more surplus honey and the bee population seems drastically lower. If this hive lost its queen, would this explain the drop off in production since the hive would have to create a new one, and no new bees would be produced in this period. I tried to inspect for larvae and eggs this week, but this hive is so hot, I wasn't able to get too deep into the brood before an all out war started. This is not a new characteristic of this hive. It has been nasty all year. The split was an experience. the split is going pretty good, yet not producing any surplus honey. It is about 15 frames full in the brood and a honey super is on. I know it has been very hot in Michigan in June and july 90's to 100's and this may play some role. any advise? should I remove the 3rd super since the 2nd hasn't progressed. appreciate any help.