Answer: Nothing is happening in either hive!
Is it because there is plenty of food about? I don't know. There has been so little rain recently it is hard to believe there is much nectar out there flowing. But there is nevertheless pollen being collected - I've seen lots of yellow and orange pollen being carried in. So, I think there must be something for the bees to find otherwise surely they would have taken the syrup by now. I have changed the syrup to see if freshening it up helps.
The same goes for the Daughter hive. Actually, if anything, they seem to have put more honey in the supers over the past couple of weeks. If you remember these supers are above an inner cover, so I think this kind of dispels the idea that by inserting an inner cover this will encourage the bees to move the honey down into the hive bodies - well at least in my case!. Maybe the weather needs to be cooler (more autumnal) to encourage the bees want to consolidate their stores. I'll leave the supers in place a while longer.
The good news is that the beetles, although still present, are in reduced numbers. I replaced the Beetle Blasters and added the West Trap under the Daughter, just to see how many larvae are removed, and I'll look at the end of next week. I am developing a new trap to be located outside the hive that will disrupt the life cycle of the beetle. I will install my first prototype after I remove the West Trap. Photo's will follow.