So two weeks after my first inspection, I have completed my second. Everything seemed ok. The bees were very calm. There seemed to be more. I found the queen – which is just such a thrill. I still have no idea what to look for, and am having photos taken of each frame so I can do comparisons (like the 2 below). I’ve been reading up and learning about the differences to look for but as soon as I get out there, with my heart racing, desparately trying not to roll the queen, acting so so calm, but no – not really calm at all – I forget it all and just look wonderously at all the bees. I can say that the 2 foundationless frames (with wax strip at top) at either end of the box are completely empty and not being used yet. I think that would be about 2 months if I’m lucky it happens before winter.
I didn’t spy any hive beetles – and there wasn’t anything trapped in my chux cloth.
So patiently waiting for spring…only seven months away.