Hive hanging in tree
I picked up a hive that was hanging in a tree the other day, Nice queen and about 3lbs of bees. This hive was right out in the open. Is this normal? also, I just got another call about another one hanging in a tree out in the open at a temple in st louis, hanging about 15' off the ground, said it was 2' long and 1 ft wide, he said he was sure it was honey bees. Why are these bees drawing comb out in the open?
I have seen two this year that built comb out in the open on a limb. One was over 30 feet up over a house. It would take a tall cherry picker to get it.
when bees swarm and they cant find a suitable home they will start building comb where they are at. I had one this year I picked up that had started drawing comb. This is also a trait of AHB but I dont think you have to worry about that in your area.
How can I tell if it is AHB or not?
They will be a dark red and carry little tiny tridents.:D
Originally Posted by scottsbees
Seriously, if it is a smaller hive, you may not be able to tell without sending a sample into a lab (beltsville?)
Otherwise wait till they fill up a hive, then if they attack anything that moves then they are AHB.
Even up here in the far north, bees will occasionally build open air hives, but they don't make it through the winter. You are more than likely just fine with these.