Throughout the day I checked the hives. The apparently queenless main hive was still calm and the bees were still bringing in huge baskets of pollen. The newest hive showed no activity at all except that the half jar of water seemed to be getting empty. Hmmm. I noticed a little puddle on the wood under the hive and thought maybe it was leaking. I seriously believed all the bees went back into the main hive and abandoned the comb, eggs, larvae and honey. I saw NO bees leaving or coming.
Today (Sunday), I debated about just putting the hive back the way it was and let nature take it's course. If the frame was abandoned, there would be no nurse bees to take care of the larvae and babies.
I know I should not do it, but I REALLY didn't want that frame to go to waste. So, I quickly popped the tops off and peeked in. To my amazement, there were MORE bees in there than what I put in! WOW! Ok, some must have hatched. I also noticed more comb built, although a bit wonky. I didn't want to press my luck. I quickly put the top back on and left them alone.
This is a REALLY interesting adventure! A true roller coaster ride for me! Oh! and that bee sting I got? Hurt like bear the first 24 hours, but didn't swell up except for a barely noticeable tiny bit. I am also a quilter and have abused my hands with quilting and crafts to the point I have arthritis in the knuckle below the one that was stung. The pain I suffer in the arthritic knuckle is now GONE! I wouldn't volunteer for stinging on purpose but it IS nice to type and move without pain.