3 pm I wanted to have a good look at the Lizards so I popped on my jacket and gloves. From outside the hive all looked pretty good. Lots of activity, lots of workers carrying pollen.
The wasp trap is working well, although there was one bee inside too.
When I took the top off there was an audible change in buzz, in my opinion it sounded a little angry and stressed. On the left hand side (without feed) there were some dead bees and 3 dead wasps. Good, they are protecting themselves. On the right hand side there was a small cloud of bees that rose up. There was one bee that was stuck to the side and was covered in a green gue, could just be an accidentally squashed one that had gone a bit off, but I'll do a bit of research just to check.
I went through the combs ultra carefully and found no evidence of worker brood. Towards the middle there was a fair amount of uncapped stores (probably from the sugar) but on each of the middle combs there was nothing but drones with the occasional 'shotgun' patch of drone brood.
I hate to admit it, but I really don't think we have a real queen. I think we have a cuckoo situation where a minority of worker bees are working themselves silly in order to feed a majority of drone bees. Inside the hive there are clearly more drones than workers.
Where do we go from here?