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peteinwilts 

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Hi Guys

are autumn\winter bees different to summer bees??

I am getting rather a lot of small and compact, very black bees that are not as hairy as the normal stripey ones.

winter bees??

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Your queen have changed. 4-5 weeks ago

OR they are robber bees whose hairs are rubbed away.
 

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this is on the small set I moved to another hive in case the new queen does not make it.

as she is such a good layer, i thought i would give her a fighting chance to survive the winter....
Not sure if they are robber bees... I will investigate further on Friday.

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However, winter bees are just same looking as summer bees.
Difference is, are they obliged to feed larvae.
 

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