Today while getting a haircut, I ran into a fellow beekeeper from my club and we had a good chat. After talking bees, I decided to come home and check the progress of my split hive that was queenless and seemingly failing upon my last inspection. The activity at the entrance seemed much more calm. Once I got the hive open, they remained calm with very little smoke. I started pulling out frames of honey which they are now starting to cap. I really thought the entire hive would be capped honey, but much to my surprise, what I found was tons of eggs. My sunlight was not very good and they were very hard to see, but I would say that most of them were laid today or yesterday.
The eggs looked good to me. I didn’t see any signs of multiple eggs in a cell which would be a sure sign of a “laying worker” scenario. I just hope and pray that these ladies survive. The bee population is strong as all of the existing capped brood has hatched. After spotting the eggs, I searched for a queen with no luck. I was very gentle with this inspection though, as I was not being attacked like usual, which is a good sign. And a final positive note was the presence of pollen on the outlying cells of eggs. I had not seen this in any previous inspections. With a very mild week of spring on the horizon, I am hopeful once again with this tedious endeavor.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.