First I made triple-sure the queen wasn't on a frame I was taking from the existing colony. Look at that Italian queen. Large and slow and sexy (isn't beekeeping great?). You wait right here, ma'am.
I pulled a few frames of solid capped brood covered with nurse bees, shook a couple frames of extra bees in for good measure, added a frame of honey and pollen, and placed the queen cage.
The western nuc! And just like that, one colony becomes two, and I have a premium queen on reserve if I need her.