Today by chance I went by one of my hives and noticed a cluster of bees on the ground. Thinking they had caught an errant wasp or bumble bee I suited up and took a closer look. I found a queen within all the bees. I placed her in a queen catcher and started to ponder a solution. I called a beekeeper buddy and he thought I had inadvertently mishandled a frame and she fell off. No because I have not been in this hive since the beginning of August. So I took a chance and placed her on the landing board and she marched into the hive.
I am wondering if this behavior is a prelude to another activity I should prepare for?