On top of the dwindling population, it seems that the workers have tried in vain to build new Queen cells. I actually don’t know if this hive is queenless and because of type of hive used here it is very hard, almost impossible the check if there currently is a queen.
That’s most probably the biggest downside to using the Jubako style hive.
So what can I do ?
I could try a number of things, but because I keep an endemic honeybee species I believe beekeeping for this species should as treatment free as possible.
Not really sure what is happening here, I know this hive has been under attack and getting robbed from sunup to sundown, Even adding a reducer didn’t really help, Talk about a battle royal, So maybe it just hasn’t had time to create the base honeycomb and beef up it numbers. Hopefully that will change, Only time will tell.