Swarming VS Bearding
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  1. #1
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    Default Swarming VS Bearding

    One of my hives has many bees covering the front of the hive and has a small ball of them underneath. They swarmed maybe a week or two ago. I’ve read the difference between bearding and swarming, that being the bees are usually calm and not moving a lot if it’s bearding. But I’m not sure how much “not moving a lot” actually is. There was maybe 10 bees flying around this mass, which is normal activity around the entrance. I have a photo here, this was taken late afternoon. Thanks for any feedback.
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    A bee that won't stop eating will eventually become a little chub-bee

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    Default Re: Swarming VS Bearding

    That is definitely bearding and I bet you are using a solid bottom board. Bearding wont hurt anything and is a natural behavior, just the bees are not doing anything either.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Thanks for the reassurance, the only reason I lost some confidence in my judgement was that the last time that hive did that, I checked on them some point after, I noticed they had swarmed. I must’ve just missed seeing them swarm. And yes, I am using a solid bottom board. I am using those because I was able to make the bottom boards in my woods class (and the rest of my equipment). Too bad I can’t do that anymore XD
    A bee that won't stop eating will eventually become a little chub-bee

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    How long since they swarmed? I wouldn't be surprised if you're looking at cast swarms. Put your ear to the side of the brood box and listen for virgins piping.

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    Default Re: Swarming VS Bearding

    My bees have been doing this too since it started getting really hot in my area. If they are swarming, they fill the air, its like a bee-hurricane.
    USDA Hardiness Zone 7A, Hobbyist, First Hives in 2017

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