Just sitting watching my hives that are 3 weeks old today. A worker was trying to what appeared to be stinging a drone on the back.Is this normal? Being a NEWBEE THOUGHT I WOULD ASK. Thank you in advance,Ken
If there is a pollen deficit, bees will evict drones
from the colony. However, the weather has been
rather fine in our region and you should still be
in a nectar flow, perhaps locust finished, and
at the tail end of the tulip bloom. So harassing
of drones seems a bit odd, considering conditions.
And sometimes, the colony just needs to get rid
of some extra drones, having no room for them
inside, so this may be a possibility also.
I would be interested to hear if the hive has
put on some weight due to the locust / tulip
bloom. By now, a colony should be quite heavy
with stores in the brood chambers. If for some
reason, the bees have not been foraging
properly, it would show in low weight.
Thank you for responding naturebee. Both hives have plenty of foraging going on. Lots of pollen being brought in.I hived them in 10 frame mediums. 7 frames drawn out added 2nd medium yesterday.Its been in the upper 80"s here all week. Still feeding syrup since hived 21 days ago.
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