55 and sunny today 40 miles SE of Seatle so I opened the hive for a peek. I over wintered a very strong hive in 2 deep and a supper. Opened the cover and the hive was packed full of dark little bees. The supper was full of honey. I did not see a single drone. Took off the top deep and ripped out some crazy drone comb on the bottom. Started looking through the top deep frames and spotted capped and larvae brood. On the 4th frame inspection at my first look at the frame there she was. How can a bug be so beautiful? I stopped right there and gently put everything back together.
I think my Italian hive that dwindled moved in with the strong Carniolan hive. I saw many light colored bees in with the dark ones. The foragers have been working hard and returning pollen laiden. It must all be down in the bottem deep that I didnt dig into. The early weather has pushed them across the strart line. This maybe a good hive to split in a few weeks with all the brood I saw the hive will be prime for swarm.