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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 15th August 2018

After considering wasps last week, we mustn’t forget that bees too can rob from other colonies and the reduction of the entrance also helps this problem.

So how do you spot robbing behaviour?  You need to spend a few minutes looking at the front of the hive near the entrance.  If you notice that bees are flying side to side or in a zig-zag pattern, then this could be an indication of robbing behaviour.  Robber bees also tend to have their rear legs ‘hanging down’ when ‘hovering’ in front of the hive.

To minimise the dangers of instigating robbing behaviour yourself, try to undertake any manipulations at the end of the day and make sure you don’t leave any bits of comb or drips of honey on or near the hive.

Lastly, pop a varroa tray under the open mesh floor of your hive.

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