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    How does a bee become a robber? Is it a forager gone bad? Are there always robber bees or does the dearths encourage them?
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    Starts off when they beard with a bad crowd...

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    ok, now that was really really funny..........
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    Usually happens when those who are on the dole, and their benefits run out so they start the stealing.
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    I have never seen robbing when there was a nectar flow on. In my experience if nectar is available even honey exposed outside of the hive is ignored. I assume the robbing is done by the forager bee. Brother Adam believed bees with a highly developed sense of smell were more prone to robbing than those without it.

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    Do you have russian bee's? It is the socialist influence. They think that even knowing the other hive worked for the honey they are entitled to it.

    Lazy forager trying to take a short cut instead of having to look for food. Kind of like the microwave. My kids would rather cook a packaged mean instead of making a meal because it takes to long.

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    Often they hang out in the back of the hive and when you apply smoke, they inhale...

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    JOHNYOGA2 that is funny, makes you think about what are you putting in the smoker. lol
    Just some thoughts.

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    Haven't seen my Russians robbing, but the Italians were trying hot and heavy last week. I think it is the Mafia influence. The other hives probably hadn't paid their protection honey, I mean, money.

    Bill
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    Your charge card is mysteriously billed for 1000 tiny stocking caps and 6000 teeny-tiny little pairs of gloves...

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    I think it's in how you raise them. My bees have good morals.

    As for my neighbor, there is alot to be desired. Her bees are out all hours of the day with no supervision.

    I knew they were robbing my hives for when I looked down, I saw them with guns. BBguns if I recall.

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    I had a big problem with them late last fall and over the winter. On warm days they went to forage and no flowers were in bloom so the stronger hives would go after the weaker. Closing the entrance down to 1 or 2 holes on a mouse guard helps. But the best solution for me was to move the strongest hives to one garden and the smaller ones to others, according to size. So now they are pretty evenly matched and the gardens where they now reside have rosemary and things like that blooming through the winter and lots of fall flowers. I planted some before putting the bees in, but they still don't have enough flowers for that many bees.
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    I do a puppet show every Saturday at my hives. Ms. Bee teaches them whats right and whats wrong.

    Last edited by Hambone; 09-04-2009 at 03:15 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek View Post
    I do a puppet show every Saturday at my hives. Ms. Bee teaches them what right and whats wrong.
    Do be a Do Bee, don't be a Don't Bee??

    Bill

    p.s. 10 points if you remember that show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bnatural View Post
    Do be a Do Bee, don't be a Don't Bee??

    Bill

    p.s. 10 points if you remember that show.
    Romper Room. And yes I remember that from my childhood. What can I buy with 10 points.?

    Romper bomper bomper boo, tell me, tell me, tell me true. I see Bobby, and Sue, and Roger, and Don.

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    Just what are you burning in those smokers?

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    I blame TV. I don't think TV provides any good role models for young bees to follow. Just be thankful your bees haven't discovered video gaming yet. I hear that makes them violent, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil Grain of Rice View Post
    I hear that makes them violent, too.
    So that explains the African Bee's. "Grand Theft Bee" is what cause the aggression. I knew we would be able to blame Bill for it since his company made the Xbox.

    What was the original thread question.?

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    Oh my goodnes I hope parke gets an answer out of all this

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    Mr. Do Bee - Yellow and black bee with bouncing antennae seen on the 1950s kiddie show ROMPER ROOM/SYN/1954-94 originally hosted by nursery-school teacher Nancy Claster [replaced by Claster’s daughter Sally in 1964].

    The "Mr. Do Bee" (and "Mr. Don’t Bee") characters were used to help pre-school children learn the differences between right and wrong. The viewers were encouraged to show proper behavior by learning the mantra: "Do Be a ’Do-Bee’. Don’t Be a ’Don’t-Bee’!" Sung to the waltz melody "Ach Du Lieber Augustine" ("Oh My Dearest Augustine"), the lyrics for "Did You Ever See A Do Bee?" song heard on the show read:

    Did you ever see a Do Bee,
    A Do Bee, a Do Bee?
    Did you ever see a Do Bee
    Go this way and that?
    Go this way and that way
    And this way and that way.
    Did your ever see a Do Bee
    Go this way and that?

    Did you ever see a Do Bee,
    A Do Bee, a Do Bee?
    Did you ever see a Do Bee
    Go this way and that?
    Turn this way and that way
    Turn this way and that way.
    Did your ever see a Do Bee
    Turn this way and that?

    Did you ever see a Do Bee,
    A Do Bee, a Do Bee?
    Did you ever see a Do Bee
    Go this way and that?
    Bow this way and that way
    Bow this way and that way.
    Did you ever see a Do Bee
    Bow this way and that?

    Did you ever see a Do Bee,
    A Do Bee, a Do Bee?
    Did you ever see a Do Bee
    Go this way and that?
    Raise this hand and that hand.
    Raise this hand and that hand.
    Did you ever see Do Bee
    Raise this hand and that?

    Did you ever see a Do Bee,
    A Do Bee, a Do Bee?
    Did you ever see a Do Bee
    Go this way and that?
    Wave this hand and that hand
    Wave this hand and that hand.
    Did your ever see a Do Bee
    Wave this hand and that?

    Did you ever see a Do Bee,
    A Do Bee, a Do Bee?
    Did you ever see a Do Bee
    Go this way and that?
    Clap this way and that way
    Clap this way and that way.
    Did your ever see a Do bee
    Clap this way and tha-a-a-a-t?

    Above lyrics are from the 1966 "Romper Room Sing-A-Along Party" LP record produced by Little World Records, New York, Midnight Music, Inc. The 45 RPM "Romper Room Do and Don’t Bee Song" put out by Cricket Records and sung by Judy James and Bobby Colt originally cost only .29cents. TRIVIA NOTE: The Romper room was also franchised nationwide and therefore many children will remember seeing a different host of the program. The evolution of the DO BE goes as follows: "Yabba Dabba Do - Fred Flintstone; "Do be a do bee" - Miss Louise, Romper Room; "Do be do be doo" - Frank Sinatra. Romper Room Hand Puppet TV Party’s - ’Romper Room’ Webpage with ’Do Bee Song’ Link DC Boomer - ’Romper Room’ Web Page http://www.tvacres.com/insects_bees_dobee.htm
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