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So I got home today, knowing I had a hive that I probably should have added a super to on Friday, but didn't. Sure enough, it was bearded. As in all over the front and sides. No worries, I thought, I'll wait til the sun dips and the temps with it, and I'll go add a new box and checker some foundationless frames into it.

Then came the thunderstorms. Lots of rain. I stepped out to make sure my bees were smart enough to go back inside the hive, only to see what looked like 2 swarms, one under the lid, and one under the bottom board. So I figgered it was high time to get that box added. It was not raining, except the occasional drop, but I figured that was nothing compared to the thousand or more bees that were hanging there, drenched. So I dove in without smoke (but a jacket and pants!), and started re-arranging everything.

Got them all set, then decided I'd lift all those suffering bees and set them in the top box. Here's where the lesson comes in... wet bees on the bottom of a hive are NOT as docile as a swarm, though they appear the same. They sting. Yes, they do. Fortunately only a couple got thru my nitrile gloves, but many more were trying. So I switched to my hive tool to carry them to the top, and got the majority of them inside to dry off. Hopefully they will make it.
 

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This time of year my hives see 100*+ outside temperatures and the beard up good. Sometimes covering the front of the hive as well. They wait until after dark sometimes to go inside. With evening temps on the mid 70*s I do not think there is a concern. Rain would concern me though. In my area I have see usurpation swarms come in and set up shop under the bottom board, do you think you may have a usurpation swarm?
 

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Not sure, hadn't thought of that. At any rate, most are in the hive now, so hopefully they will live.
 

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Chances are you have a Screened bottom board on and the bees get confused and caught on the wrong side of it. Sometimes a queen gets on the wrong side of one. Fine religious artifacts but do the bees no good that I have seen.
 

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Nope. Solid BB.

Chances are you have a Screened bottom board on and the bees get confused and caught on the wrong side of it. Sometimes a queen gets on the wrong side of one. Fine religious artifacts but do the bees no good that I have seen.
 
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