I noticed today a much larger number of bees flying around the entrance of my hive than are usually present. I mean a LOT more. At most times, there are maybe 10 - 20 bees visible, coming and going through the entrance. Now, there appear to be 100 or more flying around in front of the hive and competing to get in/out.
I did recently (within the last month) requeen the hive and all seemed to be good. New queen accepted. Brood being laid. Could this be just the results of having a healthier, egg laying queen and the new workers now emerging and foraging? Or, is this possibly swarming behavior? Or something else?
We’ve also recently experienced a pretty sudden transition from summer weather into fall… a few days of rain and cooler temperatures (lows in the 50’s (F) and highs in the upper 60’s) after a relatively dry and warm summer.
Thanks in advance.