Does entrance route and feeder location matter? Sorry for so many questions in one post but they are all related. To feed my observation hive, I will build a little box on one side with a place to put an upside down jar of sugar water, and a place to put some pollen. Now I was wondering about my entrance. I thought what if I made my entrance pipe plug right in to that box. That got me thinking about robbing. Do the guard bees guard the end of the pipe that is outside the house in the yard or do they guard the part that enters the hive body? Or both? and do they guard inside the hive as well. It got me wondering what if I put the feeder on the other end of the hive. Would a robbing bee just have to fight its way into the end of the pipe outside, then have free reign to go anywhere in the hive and take whatever it wants and then leave? Or would it have to fight to get in the pipe, then fight to get in the hive and then fight all the way through the hive to the food and then get what it wants and leave? Also would it have to fight its way back out? If it only has to fight to get into the end that is outside, then I would think plugging the pipe into the feeder box vs plugging it into the opposite end of the hive wouldn't make any difference as far as robbing goes. Is that correct?