So I have been seeing individual bees sometimes in groups of 3-5 over the last 3 weeks or so. I came out to take a look at the hive this morning and there were hundreds, but didn’t look like enough to be a swarm. So it’s leading me to believe they may be robbing the last of the capped honey from before. I was expecting wax moths or SHB to get to it before now but I think the summer may have killed everything in the desert not just the bees.
This data from the scale leads me to believe its robbing, but I am hoping that some bees move in.
The pic doesn’t really do justice to the amount of activity buzzing around the hive this morning.