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Robbing Post-mortem

Central Virginia, middle of moderately extreme drought/dearth.

Mentee has 2 hives that started from nucs this year. One hive is queenright and the other swarmed earlier this week. The queenright hive has a medium box of brood and a box of capped syrup. The hive that swarmed has a medium and half a deep of drawn comb. The hive that swarmed was given two frames of eggs to check their requeening progress. They had eggs a week ago. We removed the entrance feeders and entrance reducers yesterday and applied an initial treatment of apiguard to both hives yesterday.

And now where things started to go downhill...

Some equipment was left outside, and it appears to have triggered robbing from a neighbors hives, starting early afternoon(4pm'ish). Mentee put the entrance reducers back in, stuffed the entrance with grass, and drapped wet towels over the fronts of the hives yesterday. They are going out of town for the week today, so removed the towels this morning, but it appears the robbing started again. It seems likely they will be robbed out completely in the next few days.

My initial assessment of the hives was that they should have been strong enough to guard themselves(obviously not correct in hindsight), which is why we removed the entrance reducers.

My question is if the apiguard played any role in this, and is there anything else that could have been done differently. Feel free to ask for more info obviously.

14:29 UTC


Bought another queen bee and got more info from another Beekeeper.

Location: Philippines

One thing I like about the Beekeeping is it give me a lot of opportunities to meet different people and learning a lot of things.

One of my queen bee is gone and I feel shy just asking questions to a more senior beekeeper. I also realised good queen bees is a challenge to breed in the lowlands especially here in Philippines.

14:26 UTC


Decapitated Bees - any ideas on culprit?

Located in England, UK. One wing remaining; legs are still in tact. Currently there are no reports of Asian Hornets in the area I'm residing in, however, I'd like to be sure and find out from yourselves if there's anything else that does this to bees? This is the 5th bee I've seen like this in one day.

My dog is severely allergic to bees so I'm really trying to make sure the pup is safe but I love bees and want to make sure they're safe too! Any help would be appreciated!

13:52 UTC


What to do with laying workers

I caught a swarm in last season’s equipment. A hive next to the swarm hive had some bees that looked like they got lost and tried to start a new hive without a queen and had laying workers. Last week, I dumped all the bees from the queenless hive into the swarm hive(which needed room to prevent a swarm) so I added 5 or 6 frames of fresh eggs and brood to the queenless hive. 7 days later I did an inspection and there are no emergency queen cells in the queenless hive and the laying worker(s) are at it again.

What do I do? Buy a queen or will they reject it? Mary the two hives using newspaper technique and do another split while a new queen ships? Any other ideas?

13:22 UTC


Caught Swarm clump with eggs, Laying Queen

06:50 UTC


Lang Furniture, Warre Procedure?

I'm in the pre-beginner, studying-everything stage, so please be gentle. This may be a silly question, but it seems an obvious one, so please bear with me. (USA BTW)

I can see advantages to both the langstroth and the warre approaches, so is there a reason one couldn't combine them? Specifically, couldn't we use lang boxes and frames, but rotate in additional boxes as needed to the bottom, like the warre people do? It seems to me there could be advantages: equipment availability including feeders, beetle traps, open top space for pollen pads or formic pads etc, but it would also allow the bees to build down, then eat upwards in winter as I understand is their natural inclination. Deciding how much honey to leave them for winter would be easy: leave it all, take in spring whatever they didn't eat over the winter.

I welcome theorizing, but would really like to hear from anyone who has actually tried this or seen it tried, first hand.

If I tried this, I realize I might have to buy extra bee suits for helpers at lift-the-pile time, but "many hands make light work" and all.

Is this idea totally loopy for some reason?

08:56 UTC



I’m in the Phoenix area and there is this stray cat that has been coming around so I leave water and food out since it’s hot AF and plan to get him fixed and adopted.

Anyhow, about a week ago like 30 bees showed up and lined up in a circle around the water bowl, drinking away and flying around to j general. I don’t know anything about bees and bee behavior but figured they were thirsty too so why not. I have slowly walked to the bowl where they are flying around, to refill and reposition etc. For some reason I am not scared and don’t think I’ll be stung even though I have been terrified of bees in the past.

Am I being stupid? Am I fine to continue to move slowly through the bees as they don’t seem bothered by me? Occasionally one will accidentally end up fully on the water. Today I extended a leaf to one who was drowning and when he clung to the leaf I put him on the ground. Felt good to save the little dude.

Am I nuts??

06:04 UTC


Caught a swarm in my driveway, now what?

Last weekend I sat an empty swarm box in my driveway with plans to put it away when I came home from work. That evening I noticed quite a few bees checking it out so i left it in place and the next day a swarm moved in. Now I don't know what to do. How long should I leave it set before moving it? My bee yard is about 200 feet away from where the box is currently setting, if I set up a new hive back there will it be far enough away from the swarm box's current location? Any tips would be appreciated. This is my first year of bee keeping and this is the 5th swarm I've caught. So much fun!!

05:47 UTC


Are they preparing to swarm?

Hey all,

I’m a new beekeeper in BC, Canada. I recently performed a split after I discovered Queen cells. This evening I noticed the bees from the hive with Queen cells doing this, they’re in a single deep 10 frame brood box, it seems unusual compared to their usual behaviour, generally they would be inside the hive by this time of the evening (10pm). It was a warmer day today so maybe they’re just cooling off? I’m just concerned because I did an inspection of the hive with the existing Queen and couldn’t find her, two deep 10 frame brood boxes, although I did find a small amount of eggs, lots of brood and no Queen cells. Any opinions on this would be greatly appreciated!

05:46 UTC


Absolute Unit

Alabama bees hit different...

02:01 UTC


How to tell a hive with a Virgin Queen vs. no queen?

I split a strong colony a month ago hoping the primary colony I left queenless with a ton of bees & eggs would requeen themselves. I peeked a week after the split and saw a bunch of queen cells and closed her up. Here I am three weeks later, and there is no sign of a new queen, brood, eggs, etc. There are also no ripped open queen cells, or any sign of queen cells, I almost thought I had the wrong colony at first.

Are there things I should be looking for to tell a colony with a virgin queen vs. an queenless colony, other than actually finding the virgin queen?

01:43 UTC


Bee swarm help

Hi all - I don't know much about bees but suddenly find myself dealing with a hive underneath the floor of my tool/garden shed. I hope this is an acceptable topic for this reddit.

This morning I noticed a few bees going in and out of a hole in the base (metal stud) that the shed sits on (enough to make me recognize the presence of a nest of some sort). By the afternoon there was an enormous whirlwind of bees swirling around in the area and they've started covering the exterior of the shed in the area around the hole.

Is this a "swarm"?

Is the swarm likely to be leaving (i.e. there is an established nest here thats gotten too big) or is it arriving (i.e. trying to move in under my shed, before my eyes)? How would I tell?

The entire situation is pretty odd, as I have never noticed any presence of bees here before, despite the fact that I regularly take lawnmower and other tools/garden supplies in and out pretty frequently (once or twice a week).

I have a pest control person scheduled to come early one morning this week (530am, I guess before bees get too active?). They indicated they know how to deal with bees (they don't kill the colony but have to capture and relocate it somehow). Hoping they know what to do. Any advice or things to watch out for to make sure they do the right things?



01:33 UTC


Neighbor has hive boxes, I have questions.

My neighbor (1 house in between) has several of those hive boxes. I’m pro Bee and all but when they do the harvesting or whatever the bees get pissed off and I’ve been stung on several occasions, several times.

I’ve tried talking to them but they only have these on the property, they don’t live there.

So I’m just looking for advice to stop getting stung. I’d rather not buy an outfit, but are there easier to use bug shirts?

The only thing my neighbor mentioned was making a smudge pot but I’m not familiar. Is it worth pursuing?

I don’t want to spray chemicals all over but is there a natural repellent like other bugs?

I just want to chill in my patio without being stung 5 times.

Any advice?

01:00 UTC


Fume Boards pros, cons, alternatives?

I am in South Louisiana. I will soon be making my first honey harvest. I am considering using a fume board to encourage the bees to move out of the honey supers. What are the pros and cons of using this method to encourage the bees to vacate the honey supers? What is the procedure when using a fume board? Are there alternative methods to using a fume board? I would appreciate your take on the matter.

23:40 UTC


Beginner's Guide?

Hello, I am interested in learning more about keeping bees. I bought a book from Amazon and it was written by a New Zealand author and I think some of the material might not make sense for my location, the northeast US.

Does anyone have a good "Beekeeping 101" book to recommend?


21:40 UTC


Spotty brood pattern after introduction of new queen

Hey guys, first year beekeeper in SoCal

I posted last month about a hive that had lost their queen. I requeened the hive on 6/12.

On my first check I noticed that the were some cells that had 2 eggs or larvae in them, but after doing some research on this subreddit saw that this was normal for a new queen.

I noticed after that first check that the girls were bringing out larvae onto the front porch, which I understand is common but this morning saw more than I had seen before.

On my check this afternoon I got this spotty brood pattern, but everything else looks normal. The queen is alive and well and still laying eggs. I saw only a couple of cells with two eggs in them today. I didn't get any mites from the alcohol wash I did after discovering this spotty pattern.

I have a sister hive that is going gangbusters right now so I went ahead and dropped in a brood frame into this struggling hive to help boost the numbers of the hive

Is there anything on these hives that is a cause for concern? I see there is a mix of worker and drone brood and some of the cells are partially uncapped.

Thanks for any help!





21:03 UTC


What is this? It was huge, about an inch?

Location The Netherlands. Is this an asian Hornet? Or something else?

20:08 UTC


Possibly Queenless Need Help!!!

Hi Everyone,

First year beekeeper in Denver, CO. I think one of my hives is queenless or something is up with my queen. During my inspection today I could count on one hand the amount of eggs I could see and lots of empty cells where previous brood was a week or two ago. I also found the pictured capped queen cell and one other with no larvae in it yet. Should I go buy another queen today or just let them do their thing? Happy to provide more information, thank you for your help!

19:51 UTC


Gift ideas needed

Hey everyone, any recommendations for a gift for an established beekeeper? I want to thank my mentor for his help getting started, letting me shadow, bought me a bee suit, giving me all the supplies to build new boxes and spent hours teaching me how to put them together and paint them. He seems to have everything needed for beekeeping and I don’t want to give something useless.

Open to any suggestions!

19:30 UTC

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