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Went out to my hive this afternoon and a good amount of bees were bearding under the alighting board. I thought it was due to heat and ventilation so I removed a removable plex-glass sheet under my screened bottom board.
Then I started wondering if yellow jackets had tried to enter the hive and had been balled up. But the beard has seemed pretty relaxed since the first time I saw it. There were 5-10 dead bees in front of the hive, a few dead bees on the screened bottom board and at least one was torn in two. I also saw two bees fighting, stingers out.
I'm also wondering if another hive is taking over and moving in.
I checked on them at about 11:30 pm, quite cool outside now, 7 hours later and they're still bearding. There are a handful of bees walking around the entrance which I've never seen at this hour.
Any thoughts on what might be happening or anything I can/should do would be much appreciated.
Thanks so much everyone!!!