Yesterday I went to the apiary in the Black Forest.
I wasn’t surprised to see Hive 5 bearding, because the last time I was there I noticed a lot of bees on the landing board. Bearding is mainly caused by overcrowding (which is always a good sign in my book). I suppose it is called bearding because it gives the hive a look of having a man’s full beard.
The inside of the hive is literally full of bees and there is no room for other bees to squeeze in. So, all the bees that cannot fit inside the hive “hang out” on the outside.
Before adding another deep super, so the ladies hanging out on the outside can go inside and begin building more comb, I closely inspected some of the bees’ thoraxes. Notice the yellow spots on some of the ladies backs? Not sure what that is, but I am currently doing research to find out. I will keep you posted on what I find.