In front of one colony there appeared to be a commencing swarm...thousands of bees circling around. Left the yard for a few minutes to gather a box to maybe lure the swarm...as I returned all looked normal...looked as though the swarm had already happened. Did not locate a swarm in the surrounding area. Upon inspection of the hive I found it still loaded with bees. The weather has been warm here with the exception of a few nights.
Saw the same thing this week with one of my hives. They started to cluster on a tree limb then thinned out. The next activity was back at the hive where they seemed to recluster on the front of the hive with a wad on the ground in front of the hive. Could it be that the queen didn't leave the hive and the swarm came back looking for her?
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