The recent warm weather and more crowded conditions lay the ground work for swarming.
The nectar flow from the dandelion and fruit bloom is waning with no other nectar flows imminent other than Black Locust trees. Black Locust trees should be blooming now in the south metro, coming soon to the whole lower part of MN and WI. But, I digress.
Swarm management needs to be followed now, in all strong colonies. Checking for swarm cells every seven days. If you miss a swarm cell, the bees are gone.
This hive swarmed today.
|Bees can be sneaky during swarming time. This swarm cell is on the top bar of a hive I checked today.|