So much for making a plan for my inspection today. I didn't find exactly what I expected. All the combs were practically empty. No honey. No eggs. Just open and empty.
I wondered if the drone were being evicted because there was no more honey stores. Did the bees consume all the honey during the past two weeks of rain?!
Having not fed them syrup in a while made me feel worse. There were a few combs with a handful of capped brood and scattered larva, in no specific pattern.
I was pleased that my smoker, I lit myself, stayed lit through the whole inspection which didn't last all that long; but the smoker kept on going.