Inside the Hive

Robbing in the Hive

The information in this article is taken from: "Apiculture: An Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping", Dr. Mark Winston.

One of the most serious and least understood beekeeping problems of beginners is that of robbing. If as a beekeeper your powers of observation are keen, you may notice many bees attracted to your place of extraction or to any exposed honey or combs. This behaviour is particularly noticeable when the nectar is no longer available in the flowers. This is a sure sign that the honey flow has ended and that fall is on the way.

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      To the beekeeper the one management problem which seems to remain a mystery is the reason why a strong and apparently normal colony of bees suddenly develops the urge to leave their parent colony, fly out and establish a new colony in a new hive. There they will have to build a complete set of combs and provision these in time before the coming of winter.

     The act of ‘swarming’ is the bees’ natural method of reproduction. When we speak of reproduction in this sense we are really speaking of reproducing one additional honeybee colony from another. 


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Supplying Bees with Water

    Since honey bees do not store water as they do pollen and honey, a continuous water supply is important to the proper functioning of the honey bee colony. Water is used to liquefy granulated honey and to dilute honey and sugar syrup for feeding to larvae. Without sufficient water, brood rearing is curtailed.

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