It originated from the caste (secondary swarm with a virgin queen) that I caught last week. On Thursday at about 6pm I removed the virgin and replaced her with a (caged) mated queen that had been about to swarm from another colony. (The introduced mated queen has a beautiful temperament and is quite a good honey collector with characteristics that I much preferred over the caste’s inheritance.)
Within a few minutes, the little colony sprang into extraordinary life. They were so active that I thought perhaps they were preparing to swarm at that ridiculous evening hour. But I watched their flight patterns and realised that they were in fact foraging at a furious rate. By 8pm when foraging was no longer feasible they quietened down and they haven’t been quite that active since.
I can only assume that they were so excited to receive a laying queen sooner than expected that their motivation levels went sky-high on Thursday evening.
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