After seeing the damaged queen, we were waiting for the hive to get another new queen. And it did! Here she is:
We also came across a very interesting dead drone bee that had attempted to mate. Drones are the male bees and their main purpose in life is to mate with the queen.
A drone dies immediately after mating, that is because their sex organs errupt from their body. This particular drone in the pictures above looks a bit immature. The sex organs do not look fully developed. I found this out by looking at this PDF from the entomology department at UC Davis. http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/courses/beeclasses/drone.pdf
In other good news, we have plenty of honey! Looks like next weekend we might be able to extract some. Check back because I will have lots of pictures to post about the extraction process.