Hive check (7/5/2012)
Checked the hive and found a healthy looking queen. She has had two weeks to go out and mate and should be ready to start laying eggs any day now. She actually looks a lot like her mother and is similar in size.
This hive is exploding and I wouldn't be surprised if they match the Engineer and Geek hives by end of the month. The hive is mostly brood of all stages and they are eagerly building comb. Seems the sunshine is bringing out the motivation of this Italian-mutt queen.
In typical Seattle style the sky has been clear and the weather has been above 70 since the 4th and the extended forecast shows more of the same coming. So my typical Seattle response will be... Great, now I'll have to water all my rain spoiled plants so they don't die. Have a great week.