Anyone know why this might be? There were maybe 50 of them. Just sitting there, not clustered up, spread out over a 12x12 spot right above my hives. All workers, no drones.
All hives show normal activity for the time of morning that this was (around 7:00 am). I see no sign of ants.
The night before I did see a skunk in my yard, but my hives are raised up about 18 inches on stands. I suppose it is possible that the skunk messed with them and then the girls got confused and couldn't find their way back in the middle of the night? The wall I would imagine retains some heat from the day, so it was likely a good place to keep warm.
Any thoughts on why this would be?