|Honey comb left behind|
At least they left a little present before leaving. In the center of the beard they made comb and left a nice piece behind. Even though many bees were inside the box it appears the majority were outside. I was able to observe the bees pouring out of the box on the outgoing swarm. The euphoria of them arriving matched the disappointment of them leaving.
MAYBE the lemon grass scent was too strong inside so the queen stayed outside because it masked her pheromone scent???
MAYBE a frame should be removed from the trap to give them more room ???
MAYBE they should have been scooped up right away and deposited into a full hive. Next time I won't hesitate.
AND JUST MAYBE ... there's still a hive inside the box. They say swarms can double and even triple split. Tomorrow will tell.
|New hive (center) ready for new arrivals. Top box will house feeder|
|Black Carpenter Bee|