Amazing how similar we are!
This reads just like attachment, and shows the vital importance of going slowly and gently around vulnerable beings
Thanks for posting this Jack, it’s timely for me because I just received some nice brood frames from my beek associate on Saturday, which I’d arranged because my tiny survivor colony seemed not to be building much at all & I couldn’t find any eggs or larvae last weekend in spite of seeing a good-looking queen. I’d asked for two but she threw in two more, all really stuffed with brood in all stages and lots of bees!
So, I inspected the struggling hive before adding the frames & found a slightly elongated queen cup…while looking for eggs etc suddenly there was the queen, looking flat bust and motionless on top of a frame with a few attendants seeming to be trying to slap her awake…or something. Given the cup and the new frames going in I finished her off and left her on the top bar. There was a slight but definite rise in pitch to the workers’ buzzing at that moment.
I opted to put in two of the new frames, and make a new colony with the other two plus good brood comb & food leftovers I had. Yesterday was a gorgeous spring day, and I enjoyed seeing bees all over my crabapple & ground thyme and orienting to their new homes. But - both hives are currently queenless, so I’ll need to watch carefully and not too disruptively over the next couple of weeks!