Good News, good news, good news, bad news, OK news Inspections over the weekend (5-18 and 5-19-13) All three of my hives this spring consist of a deep (either overwintered bees or cut-outs) under a deep from a dead-out hive this winter, each deep body still very heavy with honey stores. Each hive is supered with a medium box to allow the bees somewhere to relocate these stores. This should amount to a very strong start for the year! First off good news: The split I did of my last remaining hive on 5-5-13 is going well. The daughter hive holds an active and vigorous queen (pictured earlier) Good news: The parent hive from the split now holds at least three queen cells and should be queen-right soon. All cells either capped or very nearly so (I didnâ€™t pull more frames than needed to see a small number of cells. Good news: The cutout I did on 5-14-13 is now a large active double deep hive. During the cut-out I removed 10 FULL frames of brood along with over 8lbs of bees! These were placed under fully draw deep brood-box from a dead-out this winter (lots of honey stores). This weekend after a short bit of looking around, I found loads of new eggs and larvae along with the queen, making this a 100% successful cut-out. From this hive, I stole two frames to take to the long overdue trap-out of Kenâ€™s bee tree in NW Medina County. The bad news: When I got to the tree at Ken's, it was obvious there was a problem. The colony was very active just one week prior. However, when I arrived on Sunday, it was clearly dead. The smell test and a bit of chipping away revealed that it was overrun with SHB. OK News: There are still a few bees seen in the adjoining fields. Given the heavy activity last weekend, I imagine this hive swarmed last week and was missed, with the remaining hive too weak to fend off the beetles. I ran out of time on Sunday to try to beeline the bees in the field. We will continue searching for the daughter hive in the coming weeks. The two frames I brought with me were placed in a nuc box in the middle of the field of flowers. I expect that there are likely enough bees on these frames for them to be able to raise a queen that I can then bring back to my yard as an emergency hive. Not great news, but still worth the drive down to be sure!