About a month ago I captured a swarm & got inspired to make a "comeback". (40 years ago I had kept bees and still had equipment)
Anyway, I cleaned up the rest of my deep hive bodies and set one with drawn comb out to see if I could interest any additional swarms. There were a couple of frames of partially filled pollen and some sugared honey so when I started seeing bees around it I assumed they were robbers and thought-- "good, now it will be cleaned up better and I can get rid of the rest of the old drawn comb".
There has been a lot of activity around the hive for the last 3 days, so last night at dusk I lifted the top cover to peek inside--there were lots of bees on top of 4 or 5 frames and packed in between besides. So this morning, I looked deeper--The bees had cleaned up the drawn combs and had started packing the combs with nectar!!
What is going on here? I looked at both sides of all ten frames-there were no eggs, no "white" wax anywhere, approx 2 frames (total) nectar, and no queen visible. The bees are quite mellow--didn't get excited at all by my poking around and just stayed on the combs and hummed contentedly.
Thanks for any input--this is a great site!