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Strange Bearding on Hive


#1

Hi I came home today to find my bees bearding very strangely on my hive. As you can see from the photos some bees are joining/hanging at the bottom of the hive in a very strange way.

Has anyone seen this before and know what they are up to? Is this normal behaviour? Is it a Pre swarm behaviour?


#2

Underneath they are festooning. It’s how they arrange themselves when they make comb. I doubt they are doing that though…just hanging out :slight_smile:


#3

As @Dee says, most likely is bearding - they are probably hot. Notice how they are gathering on shaded surfaces of the hive. I would make sure you white plastic core flute slider is in place. It helps them to ventilate the hive on warmer days if it is in the slot.


#4

It doesn’t look like enough bees for pre swarm, going by the two here that recently swarmed.