Bees Spotted Outside the Hive in South Dakota
Wednesday was a warm day in Sioux Falls. The first day of Spring is hours away and we were sweating in the hot summer sun.
I was thumbing through my Facebook feed when I noticed this picture. Andy from the Milltown area had it posted. I had never seen anything like it so of course I had to Google it up and see what it might mean.
According to a BeeSource.com, one of the writers mentioned,
Bees will hang outside the hive to control the temperature inside the hive, the description you described is referred to as bearding.
They sound like strong hives that need to have room added. It sounds like it’s time to add surplus supers, and start collecting rent form the bees.
Makes sense. Hot day, late summer. Andy, thanks for posting the picture. If you see something interesting, please share it with me. I'm easy to find on email. firstname.lastname@example.org