So I took a little time to check some nucs today between the rain showers, (ya, I got hit right below the knee) and one was cleaned out. These nucs came from some queen castle frames I had going. They were transfered last weekend and had a gallon of feed in each nuc. Now I have had bees leave nucs before or get robbed out, but this one lost everything, brood, eggs, honey, everything. There were just 4 or 5 bees and 4 or 5 of those big black carpenter ant in there. Can those carpenter ants eat the bee young? I think they got robbed out by other bees, but where did the young go? Should I worry about the other young nucs there? I thought about hornets, but I haven't seen many this year.
I lost 8 hives a few summers ago to carpenter ants. These where full strong hives too. Wiped them completely out nothing left but comb and a bunch of dead bees everywhere.