I was having a quick look at my hives today, just an external look to see that all is ok, (I am planning to rob honey tomorrow) and to check on the SHB traps that I have under the screened bottom boards. It was about 12:30, and I noticed quite a number of larger bees (10-15), I can only assume these are drones as they were nearly twice the size of the workers, and made a very different sound when flying.
I cant be 100% sure, but it appeared like they would fly into 1 hive, spend 10-20 seconds in there and then fly out and visit one of the other 3 hives that I have. The workers did not seem to be worried about them, and continued about their jobs.
Is this normal?
Here in SE Qld we have had recent rains and the bees seem to be busy, returning with pollen (and i assume nectar, little harder to see that
Thanks for any assistance that you can give.