I’ve had the flow frames in my upper super for about 2 weeks now. I have opened up the front and the side window every day checking on how they are doing. The bees have filled in the gaps to make completed cells, but haven’t yet started to store (at least that I can see from the viewing windows).
So what I originally thought were dead bees, seem to be “resting” bees? I watched them this morning, again from the front window, and saw bees just sitting in a cell, completely unmoving, for up to 10 minutes. Other bees would come and poke at them, and they wouldn’t move when poked. Eventually, they would start moving their mandibles again, and shortly after would leave the cell.
Is this common behavior, that I’ve just never seen before due to never having a cross section view into the cells before?