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Photos of the Robbed Hives - VIEWER WARNING-not very pretty pictures

Exhausted Honeybee

The only honey comb left in Luba's Hive
One of three clusters that are left in the hive
Landing Board Misery

Thousands of dead or dying bees on the bottom of Luba's Hive
Just inside the landing board excluder on Luba's Hive

One inch think - dead bees ( I had already swept out the top/front part before I opened it)

large exterior view of bees caught trying to get out through the cracks inbetween  the supers
close up of bees stuck in between supers on Luba's Hive
 I let them out and they flew away

totally clear bottom board. (!?!)


Very, Very Sad News

After being attacked and fighting the agressive invading bees,
thousands of my bees are now dead, or dying.
The hives  that were full of honey and pollen are empty just last week,
 are now empty.
 Juts a few frames of caped brood remain.. and one frame of capped honey
 and some half frames of pollen and uncapped honey..
 Thousands of  dead bees were all on the bottom of the hives,
 and of course some outside, along with yellow jackets.
 even with a thimble sized opening...
It happened so quickly.
I cleaned and downsized the hives and left the bees with some feed to help them recover.
 I will check for the queens tomorrow to see if they survived.


Bees on the Roof of the Hive and Below the Landing Board

Bees on the Roof in a pause in the activity after smoking the hive
Bees trying to climb up through the bottom board and screen

Swarm on the Hives

Bees Swarming the Top of the Hive

Swarm on the Hive- Robber Bees Trying to Get In

Yep they are in the process of being Swarmed and Robbed.
Bees are everywhere trying to get access to the honey in the hives.
They are even under the hive trying to get in through the screen!
I closed up the hive yesterday before it got really ugly...
I smoked them
They did nothing.
I sprayed them with mint and water.
They just laughed.
I turned on the sprinkler
and they have mostly gone away.
for now...

Robber Bees on Empty Frame

These robber bees were all over this empty frame
within two seconds of me laying it down.


Very Odd Bee Activity This Morning

Once again the bees are hanging out on the north side and the top of the hive like they did before the Washington/ VA / PA earthquake.
They are also bearding on the front of the hive and a few are flying around it.

I checked the inside and they seem fine on the brood comb..
But there were lots of bees on the bottom board trying to get in through the screening!

They seem to be doing battle with each other, that worries me that it may be an outside group trying to robb Luba's hive.
Anya's is fine.
Which is odd, because they are right next to each other (?)
so I dusted them a bit with powdered sugar & trust that they will survive alright.
I am sure glad that I closed down the entrance on both hives.
I did not have time to take photos-
It is suppose to turn cold this weekend again.
So I will check the hives again tomorrow and see what they are up to
if anything...


What the Bees are Finding in Our Yard

White asters

Detail- White asters

New Volunteer -Red flowering Vine

 Tarragon Blossoms

Tarragon Blossoms

Blue Asters

Blue Asters- Detail

Bees on the Hwy in this Unfortunate Crash

One of the risks in transporting colonies


More from the 15th Annual Field Day at the USDA Baton Rouge Honey Bee Lab

Honeybees in flight

Delicious Honey Drops on Bee gloves

The  Smoker- a beekeepers essential tool
bees buzzing a beekeeper's glove
Louisiana Honeybees

Wonderfully designed Hive stands

Bee hives in place
Bees in the field on stands
More bees in the field
a group learning about bees 
another view  of a bee field 
bees on the wax
Marked Queen Bee on brood comb
Working the hives
Side view of the frame
Newly re-marked Queen- She is so  tiny!!!
Front view of the hive
Honeycomb on plastic frames

Brood comb
Lecture on Essentials

How to light a smoker

Hive beetle basics

Amazing and incredibly informative lecture by D.  Pollet
on plants for bees in Louisiana and their distribution statewide.
I bought his book.  If you keep bees in Louisiana, you should buy it too!

15th Annual Field Day at the USDA Baton Rouge Honey Bee Lab

Hive stands in the field
Learning science behind the practices
Lessons on hive beetles
Lots of great lectures
nice crowd size and plenty of room