I’m pretty new at this so I’m not familiar with the term “wax pearl”. I noticed those markings but didn’t know what they are. They could be wax. Do scout bees mark a potential new home that way?Looks like they thought about the box, isn't that wax pearls on the front?
Wax pearls or wax pebbles is what I call them. They are usually formed because the bees are so filled up on honey they begin to secrete wax while stopped or waiting to see if they are moving. I regularly see them in swarm transport containers, and if I ever see them on a side of a box, I know I missed a swarmDo scout bees mark a potential new home that way?
More like a transfer Hopcar, if you didn't have frames in the box, for me it is about the same time line if I did. Around two weeks, but a lot depends on the size of the swarm, and if no frames, I suppose you could wait longer for the comb to "harden". However, always have frames in your swarm traps, been there done that..,Does this trap only hold four frames?You posted on the 8th. that's no longer a swarm, it's a cutout.
I didn’t reduce the entrance on the nuc box. Do you think I should? It’s already half the size of a ten frame entrance.Trust you reduced that entrance? Why all the moves?, when you can just move them once?
You’re probably right. I was pretty heavy handed with the lemon grass oil plus there was one of those little plastic swarm lures in there.They likely did not move in due to over applying lure. Two sprits of Swarm Commander for a few drops of LGO is plenty. They would have been as likely a catch set up on a stand in your apiary as up on that ceiling. Make life easy for your self.