Yesterday we notice a small pile of pristine translucent and whitish wax flakes that had dropped through the bottom board (and were underneath our hive) from the swarm we installed two days earlier. Taking a peek inside, it appears that the bees were drawing comb directly above this pile. What the heck?
Research led me to an article in Bee Culture, March 31, 2015 that stated "Wax is secreted primarily during warm weather when foraging is active. Workers actively engaged in secreting wax engorge themselves with honey and hang in festoons at or near the site of comb building. A Closer Look:Beeswax
That makes sense, as the bees were glutted from honey for their swarm, but why was so much of the new wax falling through the bottom board, rather than being caught up and molded into the honeycomb? Were they in such a hurry that they were being messy and careless?
Has anyone else experienced this phenomenon?
The flakes are quite beautiful when viewed through my stereoscope, but unfortunately I do not have the ability to photograph the enlarged image. They look like ice chips.