Today marks 8 days since my very first queen was probably released. I opened up my little 8 frame hive and inspected every frame. I saw pollen in various shads of orange and yellow. I saw nectar/ syrup. I saw capped something, either honey or capped brood. I saw plenty of comb on 6 frames, some comb on the 7th but no comb on the frame nearest the entrance.
I didn’t see eggs but my eyes are probably too old. I didn’t see developing larvae but perhaps I didn’t look in the right places. I did see some different shades in some cells but I thought it was probably pollen.
I’m concerned my queen may not have survived so I think I may invest a few more $$ in a new one. Is this good insurance or should I be hoping my ignorance is the problem rather than queenlessness?