I had a small hive get robbed. It was just a few frames of bees and I was busy so I decided to just let it go and save the comb another day.
A few days later, I checked on the hive. The outside frames that were full of honey was completely cleaned out. But the middle couple frames still had bees. I checked on the frames and the queen is still laying and the bees actually started to fill in nectar around the brood chamber, which is much closer than where it was before.
I'm not sure if the bees regrouped at some point and perhaps after a nights break, was able to defend the entrance once more. Or if the robbers took what they wanted and left the bees as they felt dying was not worth it.
The hive had actually swarmed earlier. And the brood being raised was on the middle frames and it appeared that the honey was a frame or two away on the outside part of the hive.
I did not expect the hive to make it. But I'm not thinking this is something to ever expect again. Those bees were too unwilling to fight or the robbers just stuck to the outside frames. Lucky bees.
Anyone hear of this before?