photo by David R.
Here I am examing a frame, looking for signs of queenly activity: egg, larva, capped brood. It helps to ever so gently run your fingers through the bees to clear them away from the comb so that you can actually see it. The frame should be held like a window pane, turned from the ends. BTW, I've yet to be stung. Hmm, wonder if I'm allergic? Good patterning has the honey stuffed into comb at the edges of the frame, young 'uns in the middle. I'm also getting a good eye for the drones, which are larger and have much larger eyes than the workers, the better to see the queen when she's on her virgin flight.