Bees camping in the Apidea feeder

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Andy

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I just checked my Apideas for feed and noticed that one colony had 90% of the bees in the feeder. It had a queen emerge from a QC last Thursday as I pulled it out to check. During the last check a few days ago the usual couple of bees seemed to be feeding.

However, reading Daniel Basterfields book Using Apideas he mentions that bees clustering in the feeder is a sign of failed emergence.

What's peoples experience in these matters? Could the queen have snuck into the feeder (fondant luckily) when I checked the other day and the bees are with her? Or am I just out of luck and have lost the queen? Or something else?
 
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