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Festooning question

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I open my hives and inspect the frames only to see lots of bees clustered between the frames, festooning with their feet locked together. I understand that this is the building process and they are doing construction work inside the hive.

My question is this. I see bees clustered together on the underneath side of the bottom bar of the frame. What are they doing? They aren't building comb but they do festoon together. When I pull the frame out, sometimes several inches of bees are locked togehter suddenly hanging from the frame and I have to be very careful with them.
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