I'm a new beekeeper and I haven't seen or even read about what I am seeing in my hive - bees fighting each other. I see it happening just outside the hive. It seems that one of the bees is trying to pull the other bee from the hive. They lock up - sometimes they tumble off the landing board and go to the ground, sometimes one of the bees flies off and literally caries the other one off.
I see this happen about once every minute or so. It's not mass fighting where all the bees I see are engaged in a struggle. It's been going on since Thursday evening. The intensity and rate at which I see bees fighting has not changed.
My first though was that this was robbing, but the feedback I've had from the senior people in my local bee club is that this isn't robbing (they say in a robbing situation I would have hundreds of bees bearding out of the hive and climbing up the side of the hive and I'd also have lots of bees trying to get into the hive via the top - I am currently seeing neither of these things).
Any opinions as to what I am seeing?