I'm a new beekeeper. We got a swarm from a friend, and it seems to be doing as well as we can expect, with lots of comb drawing, lots of capped brood, etc. When we got the swarm in mid-May, we put on a Boardman entrance feeder (1 quart) filled with 1:1 syrup. I see the bees leaving and returning continuously to some destination off in the distance, so they must be finding food. But I'll be darned if I can tell what that is. I walk 1.3 miles to work along a country lane, so I see all the wildflowers as they come and go: thistle, clover (white and purple), wild roses, wild honeysuckle, viburnum, dandelion, and on and on. I've only once seen one bee on one bull thistle. Back on our property, we have clover, privet, sage, peas, roses, etc. etc. For a few days, the bees found their way to the sage, but now they're gone (though the bumblebees are all over it). They ignore everything blooming in the yard, while the bumblebees are going to town on everything. One thing's certain: They've been guzzling the sugar syrup like Buds (get the neat pun?) at happy hour. Could they be shunning other sources for the syrup because of its easy availability? Are there invisible sources now such as trees? Is it just that the area within a two mile radius is huge, and they're only one hive--and I just haven't chanced upon where they're going? What are these ladies eating?