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#1

Hey Friends,
Just got back from a week away. It’s 7:30am (61F. 16C.)and here’s what is happening at the hive entrance. Also, the flow frame I can see through the window is about half-full. I installed a nuc May 9. Is this swarming behavior?
Cordially,
Mike Gatliff



#2

No, I don’t think so. It’s just hanging out enjoying the cool!


#3

I think you’re right - either that or dealing with a threat to the hive. They had dispersed after 30 minutes. Thanks!


#4

It looks like pictures of bearding that I have seen other’s post on this forum. Here is a link to a good article I found regarding bearding. Hope it helps.


#5

They could be washboarding too, but without video, it is difficult to tell. Not swarming, and not really enough for bearding, but maybe they are the early birds (bees) and a real beard will build up later.


#6

You’ll be seeing behavior like that- and a lot more soon enough:


#7

One of my hives was doing this yesterday…first 80 degree day of the year. It was also the more robust (population-wise) hive of my two. When I went inside to inspect, it also turned out that the bees had happily drawn out all of the foundationless frames in the brood box, had filled a large percentage with pollen/nectar/brood, and were covering all the frames. So I added a new box to the top…no signs of swarm cells, but it seemed like the right time.


#8

Thanks for the lesson @Dawn_SD. Gave me another subject to read more up on.


#9

Hot day, lots of bees outside.


#10

Hi all,

I’ll add my cents cents worth ! :smiley:. Nope ! Mine do that a lot … And they’re Happy Camper mostly.

we even have morning coffee together sometimes.

Ta ta,
Gerald.


#11

Thanks, friends. As a novice I appreciate very much the opportunity to ask a question and get immediate responses.


#12

Swarming is when a mass of bees gush out of the hive and swirl around in a cloud…quite facinating…then they start to land somewhere in a cluster…if the queen did not come with them they will begin to reenter the hive…but expect them to swarm again very soon…