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'Swarming' after honey collecting

Posted by mosypiuk z5MA (My Page) on
Fri, Jan 28, 05 at 8:26

My father-in-law is visiting me from Europe. Hi is a beekeeper there. When he collects honey, he shakes bees from the frames infront of hive, and replaces them with empty comb and foundation frames. Bees are coming quickly back into the hive after shaking, but later that day he notices a "beard" of bees, like a swarm, hanging under the hive. He is not able to make them go back into the hive using smoke. And later, he says they go away.
Has anybody noticed that fenomenon? What could be the reason? Are they field bees coming later back home and not let in?

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RE: 'Swarming' after honey collecting

The bees are bearding and this is normal. They go back outside and cluster, field bees are also not let in right away because they cannot rush in all at once as it may risk overheating the broodnest. It can take a fair amount of time for the colony to respond to the disturbance and for the workforce to redistribute to where they are needed.

RE: 'Swarming' after honey collecting

Thank you for the information. I will reasure him that everything is normal. Wouldn't it be a good idea to give them some syrup, especialy if there is not much nectar, after taking the honey from them?

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