I am having some strange bearding as well. I don't think the temps are the sole reason for it. But my bees don't get on the front of the hives in the hottest time of the day. They usually start to collect on the front about 6:00 and continue to accumulate til dark. And they are not just "one bee deep" either........seems like they are piled up on the front porch of the hives!
It almost seems as if they are just hangin' for the fun of it because a lot of them are still on the front of the hives the following morning at 6:00 am when I go to work. I have the hive vented in the back so I think I have the ventilation situation under control.
Crowding due to returning foragers. The overcrowding is only happening when everybody is home, evening until early morning. Super immediately to give room and check for queen cells, cells with eggs or capped, not cups. If you find active queen cells split the hive moving the queen to the new hive.
And those rain storms we had last weekend.................my bees just hung out on the hive fronts and enjoyed the bath!
The only "bug" that I have noticed on the top was a few roaches but I understand that they are looking for the sugar syrup. My bees are still downing a gallon of 1:1 syrup every 2 - 2.5 days. I picked up another 40 pounds of sugar yesterday at Walmart. I wish I had kept records as to how much syrup they have used since I installed the packages on April 20 but I didn't. I would estimate that I have "syruped" about 120-130 pounds of sugar so far for both of the hives.
It's July, quit feeding and let the bees be bees. I'll bet an inspection will show backfilling in the brood chamber from feeding all that syrup. Backfilling is one of the 1st noticeable signs of swarming, crowding is the second. You now have 2 swarm indicators. Super and/or split.
I don't think they are packing it away in the medium super but I will verify that this weekend when I open up the hives. I have not removed the third (medium) super and will probably just leave it on the two deeps. Based upon some of the discussion on this forum, I'm a little concerning about swarming!
You should be. If you have 2 developed deeps you have a established hive. Putting more supers than required is better than not putting on enough. Leave off the excluder until the bees start to work the frames in the super. If the brood chamber has been backfilled already expect the queen to begin laying in the super. That is much better than letting her swarm so let her do it.
Yep, going to Southern Pines next Thursday for the State meeting. It lasts for three days and concludes on Saturday.
Have fun and ask lots of questions. Wear your newbeeness like a badge of honor.