I think I just had a late swarm, but I can't verify because I'm unable to "pop the hood" until Sunday or so given the weather round here.
Anyways, yesterday I saw bees bearding on the outside of the hive, it was late afternoon, early evening. This was unusual given the time of day and the temperature outside was in the 50s.
Based on my thermal camera, the interior of the hive appeared to be empty, no heat signature from within.
This morning, in the dark, it was a light rain, and the bees were still there on the outside, couldn't say if they were alive or dead, but they were soaked.
I don't know why they wouldn't go inside at all. And I won't know for sure until Sunday.
Last edited by Yunzow; 10-26-2018 at 07:15 AM.
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My grandfather and great-uncle kept bees and my fiancée's grandfather, too. I want to pass this tradition along.