It would appear that the bees in the bee gum have survived the winter OK. Today they were busily zooming in and out. I tried to get a picture of a bee with full pollen baskets, but boy, are they fast! You can see one on the upper right, all blurry, coming in for a landing.
I was sitting right in front of the entrance with my camera, and I could hear all the bee traffic stacking up behind me like a busy day at O'Hare with only one runway open. When the buzzing started to take on a slightly irritated quality ("C'mon, lady, you're in the way!"), I just leaned back and business continued as usual.
Part of that business happened to be hive cleanup, as I discovered when an undertaker lurched out and landed on my leg.
She was carrying a partially developed adult bee that I'm guessing froze in its cell or failed to develop for some other reason.
Kind of freaky-looking, isn't it? Like a ghost bee.
My swarm cards arrived and I passed some out to my neighbors today. Everyone's enthusiastic about looking for bees now!