I really hope you all can help me with this as I am rather puzzled and not sure what to do next!
This morning, we saw a swarm of bees settle in the very top of a huge oak tree on our place, and we assumed it was from one of our hives.
They stayed there all day, until this evening around 7:30 when the bee yard and surrounding areas were full of thousands of flying bees. When checking, we found that the swarm had left the tree.
There were a couple places (such as one of our fruit trees), where larger numbers of bees seemed to be gathering (though they were flying, not landing.) Then in the space of about ten minutes from when this all began, all of the bees began to congregate around one of our hives. It looked like some were going into the entrance, but most settled on the back of the hive and underneath of the screened bottom board.
What happened? Why are they doing this? Did the queen return the hive, and they are following her?
And my biggest question, what do I do now?
Thanks so much in advance!