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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – Aug 17th 2016

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Small entrance to help defend against wasps. Photo: Claire Waring

How do you spot robbing behaviour? When doing your routine inspection, spend a few minutes looking at the hive entrance, at this time of year it should be very busy. If you notice bees that are flying side to side or in a zig-zag pattern, then this could be an indication of robbing behaviour. A good idea is to reduce the hive entrance (to a single bee width if necessary). You can also place a temporary barrier at the hive entrance, with side openings, the hive bees will be able to find their way.


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