I wanted to share this with you, and see if anyone has experienced this before.
Last summer, despite squashing queen cells, our bees swarmed. We never were able to find the swarm, and the remaining bees didn’t make it through the winter. We had a busy spring, and didn’t have the time to start with new bees.
Just a few days ago we noticed a lot of bee activity in front of one of the empty hives, and then there was a huge mass of bees on the front of it. Then we noticed a large bee cluster in the trees above it.
My husband looked in the hive with the bees on the front of the hive, opened it, and noticed that it had a large bee cluster in the frames.
We retrieved the other large cluster in the trees, and placed that in an empty box with frames in the event that both clusters have their own queens.
So far the original cluster is the most active, with a small amount of activity in the second hive.
We suspect that the origin of this swarm was our original bees, as I don’t think that many people around us in our suburb are beekeepers.
I’m curious to hear what you all think…as a new beekeeper I thought it was a bit miraculous!