I want to give a special shout out to Eva for taking over an hour of her day to help me via phone to get into and inspect my hive. It seems that I will not be harvesting honey this season and need to figure out what the flowering season is here and harvest right after that.
Eva was gracious in assisting me through phone and text messaging of pictures. I would have never got the nerve to do this alone, since I had no method. Hopefully this will help me to better inspect next time and to know what to look for. My honey was not capped. We didn’t find a queen but then they were getting really mad when I got to the bottom box and went on the attack, so Eva, with her wisdom, said lets just close it up. I believe that was good choice.
Also shout out to Peter for telling me to get the bite-away pen. It did help bring the swelling down on the hand where I took three stings. I am really lucky to have found this forum and everyone on it.