Well....a pretty cool thing happening in my back yard. I lost 6 of my 7 hives (that's definitely not the cool part!). I have one of those empty hives parked about 5 feet away from my back steps (to remind me to CLEAN UP!) and in the last two weeks I have noticed quite a bit of activity around it. The coolest day so far I noticed a total of three bees checking it out. Today it's about 65 degrees and I have at least 10! I can follow the girls as far as over the top of my house and out towards the front yard. I'm guessing they're coming in to clean out all the pollen and honey still left in it? They're doing it to the two hives in my way back backyard too. I haven't had time to clean up these hives yet and am still very leary about thawing out what's in my deep freezer and bringing into the house. I did this last year and sealed everything up airtight and still wax moths got in. I have 3 packages of bees ordered and they'll be here on the 28th. I haven't gotten a hold of BT yet. Still a little nervous about using it. I'm thinking maybe I can use one of my empty nucs and try to catch a swarm? Iddee, how do you know when it's swarm season here in NC because of the crazy weather this winter? Is it possible these are bees from my hive (or hives) that left their hive due to wax moth infestation/shb in the fall/early winter? I know it's unheard of, but could it be possible? This is pretty exciting. If it weren't for my husband and kids, I'd keep a hive right where this one is so I can watch it up close all the time! I'm loving DST and all these bees are getting me excited! I just planted shasta daisies, red clover, white clover, and a wildflower so I sure hope they bloom!!!!!