My fault. . .I didn't checkerboard this year with the intention of splitting. Then I didn't split! So the other day I had a swarm. . .a really big swarm. . .that landed in the usual wax myrtle conveniently 5' off the ground. I watched them leave the hive and land, but unfortunately had no time to capture them since I had to go pick my husband up from work! It was a cloudy day and after 4 pm and I didn't think they'd leave until today, but just in case, I put a box full of drawn comb directly under them and baited it with lemongrass oil. They took immediate notice and I went on my way. When I got home they were gone except for a very few on the scent the queen probably left and another few flying around the box. I peeked in the box to make sure they weren't in there. They weren't!
But when I went out there this morning, I noticed that there were quite a few bees that looked like they were "scouting" the box like Dr. Seeley describes. By this afternoon, there were even more! I'm hoping they merely moved to another, warmer spot for the night, but are now seriously considering the home I'm offering. What are your thoughts?