After installing two swarms since May 1st, it was time to go inside and see if we had a laying queen: one hive=Yes (as photo above shows), the other=No :^( That means we needed to borrow a comb of brood from one of our established hives to jump start the queenless hive. Fingers crossed!
This photo is of our spring cut-comb honey harvest! We collected 12 lbs. of cut-comb honey as we were preparing our empty hives for their new bee-girls. This batch is particularly dark and flavorful.