First off, last week when I checked my bees, the decline in the population of Hive #2 was noticeable. I suffered a few moments of anxiety before shoving it to the back of my mind, trusting the Lord that IF I were going to have a queen hatch from that frame of brood that I put into the hive from Hive #1 on the 4th of August, that I'd find the evidence in good time.
Well, today was "in good time". First I saw the larvae. Then I saw--THE QUEEN!!!!!!!
I think I hollered. You'd have to ask my parents who were clear across the yard.
This queen is rather black-ish. She's the darkest one I've seen yet out of the half a dozen I have seen. ;)
If that wasn't enough of an exciting day in the hives, I actually saw the queen in Hive #1 too!! She's nearly an inch long at this point. Once I see queens, I wonder why I ever got a worker bee mixed up with a queen. :D It's a very obvious difference.
Anyway, good news today. :)