For the first time today, my bees started doing what you can see in the picture. They are not fanning, bees are still coming and going, the ones on the outside of the hive are basically just sitting there. Not moving, not flapping their wings, not sticking their butts in the air, not wrestling, not moving back and forth. Just sitting there in a weird stupor. What is this called and why are they doing it?
Things that have happened over the past few days…
- I have been slowly rotating the hive toward the rising sun (about 10 degrees per day).
- Yesterday I inspected the hive (there was a lot more brood than I had seen during my other inspections and they finally started building comb on 2 of my 3 foundationless frames, there are still 4 full frames without comb on them, I pulled every frame hoping to find the queen, I did not find the queen).
- About 1.5 weeks ago I stopped feeding.
- There has been a ton of rain lately, after 2 days of rain, the sun finally came out today.
thanks in advance!