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Odd behavior from my 2nd year Italians w/original queen. As you can see in the picture they are bearding. They are also a bit lethargic. They are also foraging though, with some bees coming and going.

Hive is 3 mediums and I added a fourth box (honey super) last week.

Thoughts if this is pre swarm activity?


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Thoughts if this is pre swarm activity?
To determine pre swarm activity, it is always best to know what is going on inside.

1. Backfilling the broodnest is one sure sign
2. Lots of bees (of course)
3. More than five queen cups with eggs
4. Lots of queen cells, if they are capped, they are about to swarm - if they have not already

But to answer your question, looking at the entrance, I could not say yes or no, that I would be willing to bet on. Bearding is normal for us, some hives beard a lot more than others.

HTH,
Shane
 

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