Today I went down to my two hives to do a recon. I had planned to only open the side panel to view the activity. As I was not wearing a suit I decided to sit for a while, allowing the bees to get used to me. I saw a little bit of activity and took a picture. Within a few minutes bees for pouring out of one of the hives, so I backed away. Within 20 mins the bees had settled on a 2 year old fruit tree and totally smothered it. I ventured a look into the hive via the panel and it appears normal…normal is relative as this is my first hive.
The two hives are within 2 meters of each other. Both are flow hives. One is a cedar model, the other a painted pine version. The Hive is question is a home made hybrid, means it has three normal frames in it with the remainder being flow types.
We are at the start of summer and are based in Jindabyne at 1150mtrs. Temp today was nice 25’c and slightly over cast. The activity occured around 3pm.
So my question…are they swarming and about to leave me? Or did I annoy them?