SHB in cutouts
I did a cut out yesterday and was amazed at the number of beetles in the hive. They were located in the second floor of a two story structure, an old building that wasn't built to any kind of code. By the way they were situated there was no hope of them keeping the hive closed to a point of keeping out intruders. There was enough comb and bees to pretty well fill a double deep. If I had to make a good guess I would put the numbers at something around 2000 to 2500 beetles spread from one end to the other. Crazy.......
Anyone else seeing cutouts like that? These appear to be pretty much Italian bees. I typically see more beetles in my Italians than the Carnies or Russians but never ever anything like this.
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