This a captured swarm from last year. I last inspected on Thursday but it was so cold I couldn’t go into them properly. Had a quick peek under the BB and couldnt see any queen cells. Super was about third full. I was planning on adding another super at next visit. This apiary is 1.5 hrs from my home so photo was taken by my dad this afternoon.No
What’s the history of the hive?
Is there a queen under there?
No the queen isn’t clipped. I don’t believe they have already swarmed. As you say the queen may have crawled to the bottom of the boxIs your queen clipped? Fallen to the floor and managed to crawl to the bottom of the box.
Have they swarmed already and this is the new queen missed the entrance after a mating flight?
yes the weather has been against me. I did a quick inspection on Thursday but it was 9 degrees! Not sure what is going on with the two groups. I am suspecting a failed swarmCouple weeks is too much to check. No meaning with such checking. I believe that you have out there swarming time.
But why the beard is in two groups?