I've had approx 30 bees hangin around and in my swarm box, a small box for 2 weeks now. They are there every night. What are they doing? I looked today and no queen and they aren't leaving. Anyone seen anything like this? Maybe homeless? I caught 2 swarms this year but I don't get whats going on with this tiny bunch. Maybe I have the same problem as you. Sorry, couldn't see your pic.
Scouts have to convince other scouts of the location. Sometimes that takes a while. Sometimes they do irrational things from our perspective. I just hived a swarm that checked out then started building comb UNDER the box. I thought it was a massive swarm that couldn't fit inside. Turns out there were no bees working IN the box, only under. They stayed outside during 2 days of pouring rain.
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