6 July, checking for queen acceptance
Returned the evening of the 6th, to check for acceptance of the new queen in A hive. vinfille and I noticed bees inserting their proboscises into the cage, but no more biting of the cage. So, we decided to let the queen out onto a frame of comb with a few bees to see what would happen. I removed a frame of comb with no bees and placed it next to the hive body and released the queen onto the face of the comb. I reached up and grabbed one or two bees at a time from the hive and introduced them onto the comb with the queen bee. All of them walked over to the queen and started grooming and cleaning her. After a few minutes, we replaced the frame back into the hive. Still, the bees seemed happy with her, and many bees walked over to attend to the queen. Finally, we wished her luck and put the cover back on.
It would seem, then, that the queen has been accepted by the hive. Of course, we will not know for another week. Next Wednesday, we will check for the presence of eggs, a sure indication that the queen has been accepted.
We checked B hive and the foundation in the honey super is still in place. The bees have already started drawing it out so they can fill it up with honey for me.