We don't know if these came out of the hive or came to the hive. These three packages were installed on 4/13. All were placed on drawn comb, with the feeder full of syrup, yadda, yadda, yadda. Today Greg was out building the chicken coop, which is right near the hives, when he suddenly realized there were way too many bees swarming around Hive #1. At first he thought they were getting robbed, but when he was able to get close to them, he realized they were engourged, and weren't robbing or aggressive, but almost looked like they were swarming. The sound was incredibly loud:
We don't know if these bees came from the hive (maybe the queen wandered out for some reason) or if there was another swarm that settled there :? He took a movie of it, you can hear it, I don't know if the link will stream the video or if you have to download it, but here it is
Any thoughts on the situation would be greatly appreciated!
He did call a fellow beek who said he was stumped, but suggested that Greg take the reducer off, in case they were just too crowded. When he did that, he saw bees flying out and fighting at the entrance.
He added another super (also suggested by said fellow beek) and closed the hive up. After a couple hours they settled down to a dull roar:
But there was a noticeable difference between that hive and the other two that were installed on the same date. Much more action than the other two. Greg thinks more bees moved into the hive somehow, but isn't sure.
When I came home at 3:30, this is what I found:
A close up of the upper cluster was very interesting, they were all lined up in rows, I've never seen anything like it!
The lower cluster was a little drupe, a hanging ball.
Within the hour all were settled back into the hive, but very noisy.
We're still puzzling over what may have happened, but it was fun watching.