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I would guess that you missed the queen during the removal. If you have her, maybe try a different box. That does not look right to me either.
 

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They are not going to stay. Abscond coming.
New box or add brood maybe.

Short distance or short time?
 

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Re: Aren’t they overreacting a bit?

Spreading themselves thinly all over the face of the box (to maximise the effective area) is what they sometimes do when they've lost their queen (or think they have). If you look carefully at each bee, you'll see it'll be fanning away - sending a plume of pheromone out to try and attract her back. I sometimes see this when performing Cloake Board operations:





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Re: Aren’t they overreacting a bit?

5 miles, 15 minutes..
If the cavity has not been filled from where you removed them from, go back to see if there is a cluster there, and maybe a queen:scratch:
 

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Re: Aren’t they overreacting a bit?

If you are only 15 minutes, definitely go back and look. Bring a queen clip or something similar. Fields is right, there should be a small cluster of bees with a queen near the old location. Hopefully.
 

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That is good news. Hopefully, you will see new brood in a few day's time.
 
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