Re: To the 1,000 plus guests.
As a biologist, you will perhaps understand when I qualify the above. You "think" you have done good. You "state" the motive was altruism. You have not measured your level of "good" done to make an actual statement of comparison.
I've done more good, out of altruism, than you have.
Now disassemble my statement above. Note repeated use of "you". Most people consider this word to be almost an accusation and will interpret my few sentences as a kind of verbal attack. That is not the way it is meant, nor intended. I am just using it to illustrate a problem we have when communicating via posts on a forum. Be careful of reading meaning into posts, mistakes happen quite often.
On the practical side, Jim L has years of beekeeping experience. He also has a burr under his saddle when it comes to treatment free beekeeping. I suspect he would like to get there, but can't quite bring himself to make the plunge.
On your side, you ask questions any beginner should ask. Sometimes that is a very good thing because those of us who have kept bees 40 years no longer see things from that "new" perspective.
Be careful of reaching conclusions, there are still lots of lessons your bees will teach in a stinging way.
DarJones - NW Alabama, 46 years, 24 colonies, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest