I was just having a look around the honeybee australis website and I found some interesting images from Northern Australia.
The commercial beekeepers up there rest the full honey supers on top of the hives and wait about four hours for the bees to leave the supers. They state in the captions that the bees up at that area don't even try to rob the honey. I've never heard of this method of clearing bees before!
If you want to have a look at the pics go to:http://www.honeybee.com.au/menu/Images.html
Does anyone know why this occurs without robbing, or why the bees don't stay with the honey?
Could this be due to the strain of bee, which is less inclined to rob? Could it be that all the bees are more concerned about being robbed than robbing? Could it be something to do with the climate? Could it be a combination of these factors? Let me know what you think.