I have been waiting anxiously for the last week so that I could once again peer into the hive and see what the bees have been up to. They had been working all week, bringing bright gold and deep gray balls of pollen back to the hive, but I wanted to make sure that they were still building comb, that the queen was still laying, and that most importantly those eggs were maturing into larva and pupae that would emerge as healthy new workers in a couple of weeks.
When I opened the hive this week, I was delighted to find capped brood, capped honey, and freshly laid eggs. Almost all stages of the larva were present, and most of the frames were full of drawn comb. It should only be a couple more weeks before new bees emerge out of the capped cells to join the hive.