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Offline SlickMick

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How do you spot robber bees?
« on: March 29, 2009, 09:12:16 PM »
With all the activity happening at the hive entrance, just how do you spot the robber bees :?
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   Plump, healthy, and stoutly conditioned;
He was strong as the best, but poor Mike had no rest
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Re: How do you spot robber bees?
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2009, 09:35:08 PM »
This may give you a hint. It's not a pretty site.




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Re: How do you spot robber bees?
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2009, 09:37:47 PM »
They're the ones with masks and guns.  :-)  Sorry, couldn't resist...

I haven't had this happen, but I'd expect a reaction from the hive residents...

I've read somewhere that there is a modification to the entrance that helps with this problem.
Some days you just want to line them all up and start asking questions.

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Re: How do you spot robber bees?
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2009, 09:45:06 PM »
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Offline SlickMick

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Re: How do you spot robber bees?
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2009, 11:45:54 PM »
Those pics are amazing guys. I'm quite glad that I have not seen anything like that. Your post is really helpful Michael.

I had seen a utube video this morning where it was mentioned that there were a few robber bees at the entrance.. it was nowhere as congested as your pics Iddee.. just a few hundred coming and going at the same time but I was danged if I could tell the robbers

Mick
On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few,
   And men of religion are scanty,
On a road never cross'd 'cept by folk that are lost,
   One Michael Magee had a shanty.

Now this Mike was the dad of a ten-year-old lad,
   Plump, healthy, and stoutly conditioned;
He was strong as the best, but poor Mike had no rest
   For the youngster had never been christened,
A BUSH CHRISTENING - A.B. "Banjo" Paterson http://www.middlemiss.org/lit/authors/patersonab/poetry/christen.html

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Re: How do you spot robber bees?
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2009, 12:36:16 AM »
Check out the video at this posting:

http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php/topic,20957.0.html

It gives a good example of how it starts.  Look for the bees crossing the entrance rapidly from the top side of the frame towards the bottom side of the frame.  You'll see some bees get caught trying to sneak in and others that sneak past the guard bees.  The robber bees are obviously unladen as they move 2-3 times as fast as the laden returning foragers.
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Re: How do you spot robber bees?
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2009, 07:23:37 PM »
I get robbers every year and when I put a screen on the next day with the screen on it looks like that picture, otherwise it is not much different. So thats one way to tell.
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