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  1. Beekeeping 101
    I am a new beekeeper this year and I took this picture of the hive this afternoon. I didn't notice anything out of the usual, but in looking at the photo (attached), I noticed that some of the bees landing on the platform have significantly darker abdomens. You can see it in the picture as...
  2. Bee Forum
    Beek since May/2 Hives/Fast learner. Mite treatments last month. This month feeding. Made the mistake of not fully closing the lid on a tank style hive top feeder. Came home a couple hours later to see (from a distance) a dark line of bees trying to get into the top and starting to rob the...
  3. Bee Forum
    Earlier this week I posted a thread asking if anyone thought my hive might be being robbed: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?328878-Does-this-sound-like-robbing Well, it turns out I am 99% sure those are robbers coming and going from the hive. Here's why: 1) It happened right...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    The North Carolina weather has been crazy this year! With temps staying in the low 60 my bees have been out working all winter, well when it wasn't raining. This past week we had a cold snap with temps dipping into the 20's at night. Saturday got up to about 53 degrees so I made a trip to the...
  5. Bee Forum
    started hive from package, fed bees sometimes daily thru summer. Stong hive with 1 brrod chamber, two supers full of honey. Took 1 super off two weeks ago prepareing for minimum space for winter. Bee keeping class graduate last winter so have some better than average knowledge of beekeeping...
  6. Bee Forum
    In another thread, a beekeeper lost a hive, and explained that not only was it robbed out, most of the bees were killed and all of the brood taken, even the capped brood, if I understood him correctly. This seemed very strange to me, but I'm no expert. Someone in the thread assured me that...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    Hello all. I installed 2 new packages sunday, a week ago. both hives are doing well but on 1 of the hives i believe i'm having some 'robbing' or feral bee activity. I've got the same feeder in the picture on both hives and both hives have been 'eating' all of the sugar water in about 2 days...
  8. Bee Forum
    I'm a new beek and I have 4 hives. I began with 2 nucs, caught a swarm, and inherited a fourth this month. The new hive is not well (mites, deformed wing virus) but passed an inspection before I took it home, with the caveat that I should treat for mites. Yesterday I put Api Life Var in all 4...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    I have some robbing going on in one of my weak hives. Could anybody tell me what type of bees these are? The ones with the shiny black abdomens are the robbing bees. I have identified them with the green pointers. Thanks much! Here's another shot of one of the robbers.
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