Apis, can you find queens for sale at this time of the year? If so let us know please.
Bees stockpile honey because that is what bees do, non stop, if, the weather and the resources permit. That is why you will see, on TV, some extraordinary examples of vast amount of honey comb, and honey, in houses or other locations that are so huge, they are TV news worthy, along with CA car chases :P Bees are programmed to build comb and fill same with food, FOR their use, when the situation warrants. There is no such thing as, well girls we have enough food for awhile so we'll stop working sooo hard. :? Since you live in Florida you probably have plants that provide necter all year? Unfortunately there seem to be few people from the lower and warmer deep Southern parts of the US commenting on these boards.
Bees are agressive because you are invading their domain and again, that's what bees do, defend their colonies. I have found that the bees do not act consistantly in that regard either. At times they seem docile and at other times are very aggressive. Try spritzing some sugar water on them and around the top of the frames, if the weather is warm. Spray some on your gloves also.
This past Thursday I went into two of my colonies, one was not overly aggressive and no stings. The other was very defensive and I suffered numerous stings, through a cotton polka dot glove, until my hand swelled up almost double. Plenty of smoke did little good. That last colony had been docile in the past. Nothing about bees is cast in stone, IMO.
Finsky. in one of your past post you mentioned that when a colony bees is faced with the lost of their queen, at this time of the year, they will produce one from larvea that is available, if available. I have just experienced this situation with a captured feral colony, and I think I found the produced queen. The suspected bee was longer than the surronding bees but not quite as long as queens usually are. I did manage to catch her and threw her to the ground without killing her. She flew up and back into the box. I didn't see any drones in the box. From what I have read, this queen??? is an intercaste and will not be able to produce. I had to leave this hive alone and let it settle down but I plan to combine this medium box of bees with another one and I will attempt to find this queen??? again, before I do this combine.
Questions: I seem to remember you saying that this intercaste queen??? can kill other queens? Can kill, or, will kill?
What size, or, how big/large are these type of queens?
Your thoughts please. Thank you.