I have a WBC hive of Italians and have not seen them for weeks.My hives are only about 25 yards from the back door and I have to pass them to feed the chickens and tend the veggies. Today the little black bees in one WBC think summer is here as there are loads flying, the other hives have a few venturing out.
No it is not.Taking half an hour to plough through every comb is not good beekeeping and in fact is a waste of time.
I am in full agreement with Poly Hive the answer is NO.YOU cannot find the queen, ever. Do you actually need to?