I've been robbed!!!
One of my hives swarmed, so I had a queenless hive with very few workers left. I introduced a new queen, they killed her, and they grew a queen of their own. She had just started laying, when a bunch of bees from another hive (not mine) came and attacked my hive and killed all the bees and stole all the honey! It was really a shame, but it was interesting to watch this insect war.
The invading bees are all over the weak hive.
You can see the stick I put in front of the hive entrance in a vain attempt to keep the attackers out. They were at every nook and cranny trying to get into that poor hive, and in the end they did. In 4 days 8 full combs of honey were stolen. I now have some very nice drawn out comb though!
Here were some more useless efforts to keep the bees cool and still not antagonize the attackers. I put some propolis traps on the top of the supers. I think they did help to air out the hive, but the robbers went wild!
You can see there was a bee seige!
The bees were absolutely not interested in me. I went right up there and messed with the hive and they just buzzed around me like I was invisible.
So now I have to safely store this hive until I can get a new nuc of bees and queen to put into it. It's a write off for this winter.
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