Re: Totally Black Honeybee
Just old bees (worn out and "bold").
Originally Posted by MimiE
What type is less relevant.
This time a year the old forager bees specialize in robbing (the specialty, in turn, makes them even bolder and darker).
Just yesterday I had to plug a nuc - all of a sudden it had lots of "black bees" flying (and the YJs standing by in the wings all around)...
A bad sign.
Screen/plug the nuc asap.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.