Four Weeks after Hiving the Package
The girls didn't seem to mind our intrusion, but newly emerged bees aren't good flyers (or stingers), so that could explain why they seemed so calm. Then about halfway through, a few started to head butt us – we'd reached the center of the brood nest. Bees pinging off your veil is a bit unnerving, so we tried our best to hurry up. Still, it took us about 45 minutes start-to-finish.
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Update 05/18/09: this comb is almost full-sized now. There hasn't been a lot of traffic across it so it is very white, but it is most likely a honey comb anyway.