Well they have a lot of legs though don't they lol, I would love to see an obs hive one day. I sent the teacher I liase with at the school a few obs hive links and we were oooing and ahhing about how great it would be to have one in school. Probably never happen but we can dream lol.
Oh, btw, did you move the lodgers out to make room for the bees? Hee hee.
fascinating viewing Dishmop...interested how intent she is on grooming that particular area, it appears a thorough job...and the bee being groomed spreading her wings to assist proceedings. I gather from your posts you have an observation hive in the house (or am I imagining that!)...even more impressive. Haven't the b***s for that, either literally or metaphorically, but more than a little envious!
The same type of grooming happens when the bees first emerge.
They walk around shaking themselves and then one or two others will start the grooming and the new bee spreads its wings and they do dig quite deeply around the middle, and around where the wings join the body.
I spend far too much time watching them, but dont suppose they will be doing too much from now on for as long as it stays under 14 or so degrees.
Yes my obs hive is in the house.