For the first time ever I was able to get a photo of our queen. Actually, she’s our second queen. The first wore out after 4 years and the colony didn’t survive. The current queen moved into the hive with a few thousand of her ladies-in-waiting later that same spring (2013). While they struggled to survive last year, they made it through the winter at the moment they are THRIVING! Sadly, one of the workers lost her life when she got caught in my sleeve and in self-defense, stung me. Sorry sweetheart.