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I was observing my hives yesterday and noticed some really huge bees going in and out of the hive.

They are massive, like, 4-5 times the size of my girls and they all have really black bums.

I suspect that these are drones but just want to make sure.

Anybody have an opinion?
 

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Seriously that will work – but first you might try a close inspection of them to make sure they have a fuzzy butt without the ability to sting anything you poke them with.
You know how it is – the boys are just there for the love – none of the work.
 

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Carpenter Bees?

No, they enter the hive without a problem so they must be honeybees from that hive. They're just really big.
 

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An image would help a lot, however I'd be willing to put money down on that they are drones.
 

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If they are entering the hive, then they are probably drones. But drones are about twice as big as the field bees, not 5 times as big (unless they are on steroids!).:)
 

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Last year I had drones that were probably twice as big as the year before. The drones I have seen so far this year are the size of those 2 years ago.
 

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I know bumble bees make some sort of honey, but I don't think carpenter bees do, but I have found carpenter bees in new hives. Never found them in established hives. Maybe it's the wood?
 

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i have little experience, but last fall large bees were going in and out of my hive uncontested. they were not drones. at first i thought it might be the queen but there were too many for that. i firmly believe that they were robbing due to the fact that the hive starved to death overwinter
 
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