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  1. #1
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    Default Video of four bees grooming one bee

    I haven't seen this behavior before. And I only seen it in this one hive of eight. Maybe it's because I didn't look for it.

    Is this a normal behavior or is it something that could be useful if breeding for varroa resistance?
    Chould I make some queens/Splits from this one?

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=drNDKQdCg_Y

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    Default Re: Video of four bees grooming one bee

    It's blurry, but it appears you had a girl wanting to enter to rob and the resident ladies stopped her at the door.

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    Default Re: Video of four bees grooming one bee

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1yXO648Zto

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAhUWscg-50

    videos from 2007


    It is absolutely normal. I wondered too if it is something what happens only in my hives, so I asked the audience when lecturing beekeeping. Many listeners said they have seen similar. The "inspections" happening in the entrances is for some reason seen mostly in spring.
    TF since 2008, max 1 nuc/hive, no swarm collecting, www.saunalahti.fi/lunden/varroakertomus.html, YouTube juhanilunden

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    Default Re: Video of four bees grooming one bee

    I have often seen my bees grooming each others up to 6 bees in a group.
    Sometimes I would video them to say I have the hygienic behavior bees. In addition to the
    disease resistant this grooming behavior is what keeps the mites population low.
    When the group grooming is not possible an individual bee will groom herself against
    the side of the landing board. Constantly threshing her body against the side of the board and
    brushing herself with her legs all over. I'm thinking that she's trying to dislodge the mites on her body.
    So yes, this trait is highly desirable for propagating in addition to the mite biting/mauling behaviors.
    We have a beekeeper that only choose to propagate the mauling behavior hive that have the mite pieces on the
    sticky board. Maybe someday I will combine these 2 traits to make some resistant bees from them.
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    Default Re: Video of four bees grooming one bee

    I'm with gezellig, looks to me like biting her legs, not grooming. I'll bet she's from another hive and trying to get in. Now Juhani Lunden has bees that are grooming.
    If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
    Abraham Maslow

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    Default Re: Video of four bees grooming one bee

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...grooming+dance

    No, not fighting, but it does look a bit rough. When its over the center of attention gives herself a shake and says thank you!
    Frank

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    Default Re: Video of four bees grooming one bee

    Quote Originally Posted by gezellig View Post
    It's blurry, but it appears you had a girl wanting to enter to rob and the resident ladies stopped her at the door.
    I think this is probably right, although there's none of the more telling sting threat behaviour. I've thought that the behaviour (during robbing) is geared to the aquisition of hive scent.


    Your videos are very interesting Juhani, thank you. Have you seen mites actually removed this way?

    Mike (UK)
    The race isn't always to the swift, nor the fight to the strong, but that's the way to bet

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    Default Re: Video of four bees grooming one bee

    Quote Originally Posted by mike bispham

    Your videos are very interesting Juhani, thank you. Have you seen mites actually removed this way?
    No, I haven´t.
    TF since 2008, max 1 nuc/hive, no swarm collecting, www.saunalahti.fi/lunden/varroakertomus.html, YouTube juhanilunden

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    Default Re: Video of four bees grooming one bee

    A bee tries to get rid of a mite.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgtFh5-YtdM

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