Today we met the bee inspector at our friends hive. We have been helping with her hive and because we are newbees we wanted him to take a look and make sure all was well. She has had this hive for three years and last year she lost a second hive to wax moths.
There was plenty of honey but the inspector said there were not enough bees for this time of year. They may have swarmed earlier. There is a laying queen and there is plenty of eggs, larvae, and capped brood so they may recover.
While we were there we peaked at the cardinals in the nest by her front door.