Imagine this… you walk out to your beeyard. There is a lot of activity. No problem. That’s good right? Probably a nectar flow, you think. But as you get closer, there is something else going on… more frantic, more commotion, more… frenetic;...
Imagine this… you walk out to your beeyard. There is a lot of activity. No problem. That’s good right? Probably a nectar flow, you think. But as you get closer, there is something else going on… more frantic, more commotion, more… frenetic; All directed at one or two hives. There are hundreds of bees trying to get into those hives, through any available crack and crevice.
Bees are all over in the air and it is definitely not a swarm. About the time you notice a faint smell of something like almonds, bees greet you face to face and you can tell, they are not happy. You deftly slip on your veil.
What the heck is going on?
Robbing. If you have hives you will eventually experience this natural(?) act, typically between one or more colonies against a weaker colony. Usually, but not always, during periods of dearth and a bored field force. What do you do? What can you do?
In this episode of Honey Bee Obscura, Kim and Jim discuss robbing, their experiences and what you can expect! Make sure to watch the Honey Bee Obscura Video Moment in the YouTube link below!
Honey Bee Obscura Video Moment of Robbing in action with narrative by Jim - https://youtu.be/SFf7zy32t7E
This episode of Honey Bee Obscura is supported by the three generations of beekeepers at Leibengood Family Apiaries, providing Georgia certified, southern raised bee packages and queens to central Ohio each Spring!
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