Could be just warm weather bearding, or if they are all drones, they could be officially kicked out.
My hives have been bearding more recently. I think it has been a mix of it has been hot and there are also more bees in the hive, so more are hanging out on the outside of the hive. Here I think the flow has slowed down so there are less bees going out and getting lost forging but the hatching has not slowed down yet.It's been hotter than it was today, and they didn't bead this thick. They clustered around this "entrance", but in a single layer. They are piled on top of each other here. Earlier in the day, about 4:00, they were like this, but around on the side, not on the front.
Who knows. My bees beard when it's seemingly cooler on some days and don't when it's warmer on other days. And then it's raining and they're bearding like crazy, and the next it's dry and they're not.Thanks everyone. I guess I just assumed that it wasn't hot enough for "bearding", since it was almost dark. After I posted originally, I realized that it actually had been a pretty hot day. I grew up in the heat, so I tend not to notice once I'm out in it for a while.
I'm in my second year, and I find the exact same thing. My theory is it has to do with humidity and barometric pressure as well, not just temperature, but what do I know? I'm not a bee!Who knows. My bees beard when it's seemingly cooler on some days and don't when it's warmer on other days. And then it's raining and they're bearding like crazy, and the next it's dry and they're not.