I took some photos of the bees in Hive #1 crowding around the upper entrance today, coming in for their landings. Here’s one with our cat, Winston, in the background:
They kind of look like helicopters…
The bees in this hive were sluggish all year, but they went wild as soon as the weather begin to chill in September.
They got nastier, too, as their nectar sources slowly dried up.
They’re crowding to get through the entrance because there’s a huge feeder full of sugar syrup waiting for them inside.
They’re so desperate for a natural source of nectar, I see them all over the yard now. During the summer, I’d see one or two buzzing around some of the flowers, but never large numbers. They’re everywhere now and not the friendliest bees. I don’t get too close. They’re remarkably docile during the summer though.