The bee was probably dying already. The ants are like sharks below my colonies waiting for the dead and dying to come on down. I used granules to keep them at bay here in fire ant heaven, and it works to a degree. i do watch them carefully....as if they decide to go after the hive, it wont take long for them to do it. Its kinda like shb, the bees can't sting them but they can bite them and fly off with them, and I have seen them do it before!
Yes, ants will sting bees. I have seen fire ants take down a strong hive in under 7 days.
I tried oil and water, the fire ants just walked on the backs of their dead bretheren. Cinnamon does not deter fire ants, only sugar ants. Stand feet sitting in piles of ant granules did work for me, but there again, I am dealing with fire ants, not regular old ants.
However, a hill of fire ants will clean up wax moth infested frames in a couple of hours, so there is an upside. :doh:
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