Attack or theft of bees

Attack or theft of bees

In a warm time, not having a prey in the field, bees make attempts to profit from other bee colonies.

In such cases, the bees swirl around other hives and try somewhere through the gap, unnoticed by the bees guarding the chutes, to get inside the hive, and sometimes they climb straight into the chute.

Healthy strong families in serviceable, not having cracks, hives reflect the attack, families as weak and non-withered ones do not resist for long. Blowing bees-thieves quickly gain honey, return to their hive and call others to prey. The attacked family is soon surrounded by a whole cloud of bees-thieves.

If an attacked family had a uterus, bee-thieves first of all try to kill it, after which the orphaned bees cease to resist.

Encouraged by first success, bee-thieves become very bold and bothersome. They storm into whole families and into other families, somewhere they themselves die, or, having won a victory, plunder the stocks of honey. Robbed bees sometimes join robbers and together with them commit robbery, called beekeepers “slaughter”. All this is often observed in the areas of congestion of nomadic apiaries after the bribe is terminated.

If the intervention of the beekeeper does not stop the attack, then the families, mutually exterminating each other, greatly weaken, become orphans and many are completely destroyed.

The appearance of a good bribe contributes to the immediate cessation of theft.

Sometimes it happens that bees steal honey from each other secretly and with impunity.

Fussiness of bees near any hive, while near other hives the bees behave calmly or not. evidently, is a sure sign that the family of this beehive is being robbed, or is stealing itself.

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Attack or theft of bees