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Offline salvo

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stickey footed bees.
« on: October 12, 2013, 01:46:06 PM »
Hi Folks,

Southeast Massachusetts. Five hives winding down. No varroa tratment. One hive, one deep & two meds, Carni, bottom entrance partially closed, had a big bee die off a couple of weeks ago. Plenty of bees still left. Queen still has a small amount of brood in lower medium, of two. The lower deep was clean and empty, and in good condition. No damage. I took it off. Very little stores, like it was taken out. A few SHB, but coralled by bees. I killed them. Comb appears "normal". No SHB slime.

I gave them a upper entrance mid week. They use it. There is a crescent patch where they walk that is stickey and clumpy, like debis/pollen/junk from inside is getting "tracked" onto the face of the hive.

In three years I have only seen clean, clean landing spots. This is only happenning on one of five hives in the yard.

No "K wings".

What could be going on?

Salvo

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Offline rwlaw

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Re: stickey footed bees.
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2013, 05:57:01 PM »
 Propolis maybe? If they're tracking it to the face of the box, then anyrhing their bringing out will get stuck to that.
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Re: stickey footed bees.
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2013, 10:11:25 PM »
Mine are doing it to. It didn't start until the golden rod exploded around here so I figured that was the cause.
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Offline T Beek

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Re: stickey footed bees.
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2013, 07:51:16 AM »
Visible footprints at entrances can indicate robbing activity.  It may be worthwhile to check it out more closely.
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Offline salvo

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Re: stickey footed bees.
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2013, 04:47:00 PM »
Thank you T Beek.

Robbing! Queen gone. Hive virtually empty.

Great comb to start new package next year. :-\

Sad to see it gone so thoroughly. No obvious fighting. Only what appeared to be orientation???!!!

I have an unexpectedly strong and populated hive of Italians about ten feet away. Two full deeps and a medium that was only a "wet" that they filled since end of August.

I'm taking that medium today, to pay for the package next spring. VENDETTA!

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Offline tjc1

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Re: stickey footed bees.
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2013, 06:25:25 PM »
Hmmm... guess they were more sticky-fingered than sticky footed...;)  Sorry to joke about such a thing, but I'll be watching for that sign from now on..

 

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