Hi, I’ve noticed a huge difference in bearding from one of my hives compared to the other. Both hives appear to be ‘healthy’ with a recent inspection showing nothing unusual. The hive on the right in the photo does appear to have a stronger population in relation to the one on the left. But I have never noticed this before.
The photo was taken at about 2.30pm and the temp is about 26 degree Celsius, about 75% humidity with no wind. We had showers earlier in the day. The hives face North and with little sun today I wouldn’t think the right hive is any ‘hotter’ than the left hive.
Shortly after the photo was taken I noticed increased activity around the hive. They we quite loud and circling around. They didn’t seem to take off and they did settle after about 30 minutes. I’ve never witnessed a hive swarming before so not sure if that is what happened. Any suggestions would be appreciated.