Every time I open my hives, I am on the lookout for my queens. It’s a good idea to know where they are, so they are not accidentally misplaced or incapacitated. However, for some reason the queen in my second hive seems to see me coming and vanish. I haven’t seen her since I installed the bees – that’s about a month. I know she’s there, I see the proof: there are always wee eggs in the comb, so I know she’s been there within 2 or 3 days.
This hive is also my stronger hive, with more bees and more frames filled with brood and honey. They’re also the hive that built the honeycomb on top of the frames rather than in the frames. Definitely have their own style, these ones. They’re the messy sisters. And they like to keep busy.