I am not a beekeeper, merely a waterer (hence the name). I don't feed them and I don't know where their hive is.
Here's my problem: I have a pond for "my" bees, and for the past year they've been very civilized with each other. However, in the past week or two I have observed some bees fighting with each other, always in a one-on-one fashion. The other day I found just an abdomen on the raft in their pond. Is there something I can do about this? I have looked all over the internet for help with this issue, but all I find is people talking about robbing. I'm not feeding these guys - it is just water. PLAIN water. No sugar. I did find a really old thread from this forum discussing "fighting over water" but it yielded no useful info (other than how to start a minor flame war).
If it matters to anyone, here's the back story: I have a hangar in southern California. The bees decided that a piece of equipment in my hangar was a good water source. I disagreed, but did not want them to die, so I went to the trusty internet to learn how to lure them to a better place outside. Found the Glenn Apiaries web page about making "bee ponds". I did the best I could to make something suitable for them, and I must have done all right because the bees moved out to the outside pond and we all coexist happily now. Well, we did until they started dismembering each other. I'm not sure where their hive is, but I know it is not in my hangar since they always fly in from the south.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps this is just one of those icky parts of nature when things kill each other, but if I can be of help to them I'd like to.