Can anyone tell me what’s happening in this photo and in the video below?
(Click the image to view the bottom entrance in closer detail on another page.)
I’ve seen the bees clustering off the bottom bars before, but never this thick. They’re clustering right down to the bottom board, leaving virtually no room to walk. What’s up with that? Here’s the video:
It’s from Hive #1 which has a mixture of conventional and foundationless frames. The foundationless frames produced thousands of drones that are eating up all my honey (yeah, that’s right, it’s my honey). The bees were also stuck in the hive for most of June because of lousy weather. The weather for the past week, though, has been super fantastic. Today was warm with brief but heavy rain showers. The video and photo were taken about twenty minutes after the sun came out around 5pm. I don’t know what’s going on. Maybe nothing. Maybe a colony preparing to swarm? I become more dumbfounded every time I observe something new. Possible explanations seems endless. I can’t even pretend to have a clue. Any ideas?