What Mike says in the comments section of my previous post is mostly true. The bees may indeed have survived their swim in hydrochloric acid (yesterday at lunchtime, Beetropolis was buzzing again, but this afternoon, there was no activity there). I think that does it, though, if they can survive acid, I’m even more sure that I shouldn’t kill them. Lucky bees.
Mike did not, however, get called in to talk to the queen. poor, delusional husband.