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Hot and bothered buzzing bees- should I be concerned about overcrowding?


#1

My first season with my flow hive in southwest WA, so much to learn. Nuc was installed end of October, flow super was added when the frames looked 80% established. Bees took to the flow super well and lots of activity in there for nearly 2 months (yet no sign of honey in the windows). There has been times lately that they seem really angry and alot of bees are buzzing around the entrance loudly, should I be concerned? Is there something I need to do about this? Could it be maybe that they are too cramped and hot in there? Thoughts/advice would be appreciated.


#2

Look in the brood box every week to spot swarm cells.
Have you a bee club anywhere you can get some beekeeping lessons?


#3

Nic,

Like Dee has written … pop the top n get inside. If your like me we sure don’t have X-ray vision … if your not inspecting your colony every couple weeks you’ll never know if they are close to swarming or how much brood or diseases/issues inside.

Let’s get cracking … no time to waste useless you want some local trees or bushes decorated with your Bee :honeybee:!

I have learn more by getting inside…

Cheers n good luck :four_leaf_clover:,
Gerald


#4

there are certain time of the day where there is increased activity- bees doing orienting flights and taking ablution flights. You will notice these periods occurring at roughly the same time every day. Mine usually do it between 12 and 2 pm. after a while the activity levels go back to normal. That could be what you are seeing- when you say they seem angry- so they actually attack you? Or are they just more active than normal? If the latter I wouldn’t say that they are angry. Angry bees attack you.


#5

Thanks for that. Certainly not angry then, just busier. Has been in the hotter part of the day as well so maybe they’re just getting some fresh air!


#6

Thanks, we’re going to have a look in the next few days.