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  1. #1
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    Default How do you identify robbing?

    I often hear people talk about "robbing." I understand that robbing is bees from another colony robbing your colony. Forgive my ignorance, but how do you know when this is taking place? Are there just a mass of bees outside the hive?

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    Default Re: How do you identify robbing?

    When robbing starts they will be bees fighting at the entrance but some times they can be over run and no fighting can be seen you can go look when it is almost dark a hive being robbed will have alot of still comeing and going when a normal have will not

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    Default Re: How do you identify robbing?

    A video is worth a thousand words. The first sign is way more activity in the entrance than would be normal. If the camera was back a bit further you would be able to spot the robbers as bees both hovering and nervously darting near the hive looking for a direct path in. You will also see some that arent robbers that are carrying pollen sacs that are calmly landing and walking around looking for an entry. The nervous bees just above the screen on the box are robbers as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sud_VzPgJwA
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: How do you identify robbing?

    When you see bees flying around the top and sides of the hive looking for a way in you can be almost 100% sure they are robbers and the hive is either dead or in trouble

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    Default Re: How do you identify robbing?

    If they are wearing masks and carrying weapons they are robbers.

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    Default Re: How do you identify robbing?

    Quote Originally Posted by jbeshearse View Post
    When you see bees flying around the top and sides of the hive looking for a way in you can be almost 100% sure they are robbers and the hive is either dead or in trouble
    agreed. the robbing bees will be trying to get into the cracks between the boxes and underneath the top cover. the buzzing will be much louder than normal around the hive. look for bees on the ground just below the entrance, sometimes dead, sometimes injured, you'll see your bees wrestling the robbers off the landing board and falling to the ground.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: How do you identify robbing?

    Thanks all! i will go watch the videon now

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