I captured a large swarm from a bee tree May 13th. I placed the swarm in a Warre with three boxes and a wood bottom board. The bees had almost filled the three boxes by June 22 so I added two more boxes below (nadiring) as well as replaced the wood bottom board with a screened bottom board.
Now the bees are building down from the fourth box and UP from the fifth/bottom box! The bees are placing wax comb on half of the screened bottom and building up a side wall.
Has anyone ever had the bees cover the floor with comb? And was it a screened bottom board? Perhaps these bees don’t like the screen? I’m thinking of getting in there soon and replacing the screen with a wood floor again. Maybe this would help?
This is my first year using a screened bottom board since that is now what Bee Thinking supplies. Before I just always used solid wood bottoms. So I have no experience with the effect screens have on bees.
I am including a photo of the bees covering the screen as seen through the viewing window.
Thanks for any suggestions or sharing of similar experiences.
Judith in Denver Colorado