Here’s the info: -Region: PNW
-First year beekeeper
-Last 2 inspections I have not been able to find the queen
-Zero brood comb
-Way more drones than I’m used to seeing (not sure if that’s relevant)
-one maybe on a queen cell but it’s not capped and has been around for 3ish weeks unchanged
-A marked plateau in colony population.
Am I correct in thinking the queen is absent? Is it too late to introduce a new queen?