Apparently we entirely missed seeing not only eggs, but larva last week, as it appeared there was hatched brood cells already. We had one frame of capped brood, as seen below. We can tell this is brood vs honey, because honey has a white wax cap over the top, and brood cells are capped with this darker opaque wax. The single uncapped cells scattered throughout are where bees have already hatched. The nursery bees can be seen with their heads sticking down into the cells, cleaning out the old pupae's cocoon by adding it into the cell wall with another layer of wax. This helps improve the structural integrity of the comb when it gets hot and also acts as insulation (yes, I can cite the study).
|Capped brood cells with open spaces where bees have hatched.|
|Larvae!!! There are eggs in the cells center-bottom, they look like little grains of rice.|
|Another frame of larvae and capped brood.|
|Frames 3 and 4 with burr comb attaching them at top|
|Frame 3 with the hanging "double comb." Two bees in center-left are putting pollen (bee on left) and nectar into cells to make bee bread.|
|Bees coming in from foraging, one carrying pollen.|