We purchased our first hive (Tetragonula Carbonaria) several months back and all seemed to be going well and they had settled in. Whilst we live in a residential area, we have quite an extensive garden which was focussed on providing food for our new native bees, there is also extensive natural bush about 60m away.
5 days ago our first swarm occured, we are aware of other native bees as we would see them prior to our hive purchase, I suspect they are coming from the natural bush area. The swarm is still ongoing.
Reading The Australian Native Bee Book by Tim Heard, it seems to imply that we are not to worry, but it doesn’t seem to indicate how long the swarming will continue for. I still have concerns we will be left with an empty box.
Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.