The bees are back! Scout bees were checking out the catpure box towards the end of April. Eventually a swarm tried to move in but ended up under the box. Ultimately I had to scoop the queen into the hive and hope the rest followed. They seem to have taken to their new home!

We're feeding the bees 1:1 sugar water to help them get established. This box had a few frames of drawn comb, but they'll need carbohydrates from sugar to draw more. The wild Queen was locataed during a Hive inspection mid-May and has laid 3-4 frames, with brood at all stages of development, so this was likely a prime swarm with an already mated queen.

If you've seen my telescope out at night, pictures of galaxies, nebulas, etc., with descriptions can be found here!