April 28, 2012
We saw the queen today! She was on a frame that only had some comb drawn last week, but now has eggs. Of course, after I replaced the frame I worried all day about whether or not I had squished her.
I have a new frame lifter, but I’m not sure I like it. The prongs poke into the upper cells, which seems rude since the bees spent time and energy filling it. And it’s a little hard to keep a good grip on it. On the other hand, it does make it easier to lower the frame back into place without getting the fingers of my gloves trapped between the frame and the hive body.
Hial took some really amazing photos today. Since they’re digital, I’ve zoomed in on some so we can see the bees better, like the queen photo above and two others on this page. It’s such a thrill to be able to look in the hive.