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  1. #1
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    Default Workers being evicted?!

    Did a search but couldn't find anything. Yesterday I split one of my hives, putting the queen in a nuc. Anyways, at the original (now queenless) hive there are several workerbees being carrried out alive and dropped in front of the hive. All of these seem to be young bees. There are dozens crawling around on the ground in front of the hive. I checked several of their wings and no hint of DWV. All of these bees are trying to get off the ground but cant seem to fly. Are newly-emerged bees unable to fly? Maybe these new bees are being blamed for the loss of their queen??

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    Default Re: Workers being evicted?!

    anyone?

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    Default Re: Workers being evicted?!

    I see this from time to time. I have often thought they were the bees that wanted to be "Dentists) (Rudolph circa 1970?) Sorry, couldn't resist. Doubt they are being blamed for anything. Most likely something is wrong with them as in DWV. I know you stated non observed, but who knows. One thing I have thought/wondered, is if the laying worker police are doing their job. With the split you spoke of, maybe. Speculation on my part. Most info I have read suggests there are bees that make attempts at becoming Lw but the house bees put and end to it. Do not have an explanation about lack of flight ability unless the bees were mauled in the dragging out process. Perhaps a more experienced beek will weigh in.

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    Default Re: Workers being evicted?!

    I have a similar issue with two of my hives. These where started from packages about a month and a half ago. I will see three or four bees hauling on another perfectly normal looking bee and dragging it out of the hive. The problem bee isn't fighting back but just keeps trying to crawl back into the hive. I've broken up a few of these wrestling matches and had the problem bee either fly away or simply crawl back into the hive unmolested.

    I've heard that bees who eat fermented pollen will be ejected like this but thats all I have to go on. These are all confirmed queenright hives.

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    Default Re: Workers being evicted?!

    Do you think these could be robber bees that are being "roughed-up" and carried out of the hive? I do have a feral hive 50 yards from my two hives.

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    Default Re: Workers being evicted?!

    Could be. Most of the robbers I've seen around my hives that get caught, usually get away and fly off.

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