Great photo; at least now I think I can identify the queen bee. We are new beekeepers; first hive in May 2008. Due to open the hive around June 30th and don't even know what I'm supposed to be looking for. The hive seems happy; we are still feeding sugar water, but they are foraging and coming back with pollen.
We had seen a few beetles and put in a trap, also DTE on ground to discourage ants.
Can anyone tell me how to identify queen cells?