This afternoon at 3 PM a huge number of bees came out of the hive on an overcast day with predictions of thunderstorms. Most of them formed a beard from the entrance to the telescoping cover. This hive has 2 brood cambers and 1 shallow. Another huge number were flying around overhead. I put a hive with some drawn comb nearby hoping they settle there, but at 4 PM they all went back into their own hive. The air temperature was about 67 degrees.
Do you think this is a dress rehearsal for a soon to be swarm?
I went to the health food store to buy some Lemon Grass oil and they sold me Lemon Balm saying this is the same thing. Would you agree?