Well, anyway, while it is frustrating since I've only had her for five weeks (if one counts today). I think she must have just died (I DID NOT mash her; see picture below for proof) because the carcass was still soft--and you know that insects get a little crisp after being dead for a few days.
I didn't really take over much stock on how many, if any, eggs were in the hive because at that point I did not realize the queen was dead. I saw her as I was fixing to put the eighth frame back in and close up. So, hopefully, the bees will have enough selection to pick a larvae of just the right age to raise up...
Anyway, in Hive #2 here's an interesting thing to note:
So, other than lacking a queen, Hive #2 appears to be doing buzzingly.
Hive #1, like #2, had seen no work done in the super (I forgot to mention that above)...so I went straight into the hive body. I just about had a panic attack (okay, so that is hyperbole), when I noticed a mashed bee on the rim of the hive body. I thought it was the queen! (Obviously, I rather had queens on the mind.) The more I got to looking at it, and comparing it to the workers, I decided that it was not (even though I never did see Queenie). This hive of bees has less 'hair' on their thoraxes anyway, so it's a little easier to confuse them. (Queens have had bald thorax.)
Not all the frames were filled, but all but one had some noticeable amount of comb drawn on them.
And just for humour...that is a rather typical Racheal-squinting-at-frames expression. :D
So, I think, other than my mysteriously dead queen (second one, two different hives, one year), that my hives are doing alright...UNLESS Hive #2 is sick....they were a bit more docile today. Oh dear. I wish I hadn't thought of that...I'll be a little more vigilant on my daily "peeks" at (not in) the hive and see if they seem lethargic or anything...