Re: any correlation between bearding and swarm-possibility?
Bearding is a normal behavior. It may or may not indicate overcrowding. If your nectar flow has slowed or ended, I suspect that there is little likelihood of swarming.
Once the nectar flow has ended the vast majority of bees are unemployed foragers. They have no duties inside the hive and therefore, when ambient temperatures get high, they remain outside so they donít add their biological heat to the nest.
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