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This time of the year I maintain sticky drop boards under my SBB's on all of my colonies and periodically inspect them. This morning I observed an unusual number of honey bee (HB) hind legs on the drop board of only one colony. Without inspecting internally my first guess is a possible yellow jacket (YJ) invasian and fighting with the HB's losing legs. YJ's are particularly bad this fall. Any alternative ideas or similar observations?

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Bump !

Any more ideas or thoughts?
None or of the other 10 ajacent colonies have a similar collection of hind legs on the drop boards.

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Surely you've done an internal inspection by now. What did you find inside the hive?
 

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I have seen piles of legs but thought they were crickets. Tend to be in piles rather than scattered? I found this little fellow dead when cleaning out dead bees behind this mouse guard. That is a dime for reference.
 

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