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ribblesbees 

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Hi All, Just something to pick your brains about.

Over the last few days I've noticed some bumblebees have been entering the hive. They've been is for a wee while then come out again and then re-entered and coming out again. Today there was a very persistant b/bee who must have gone in and out several times. It's been different b/bees each time. Apart from the risk of the introduction of disease what other risk could there be i.e. damage to frames, robbing etc?

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Bumble bees dont have a large nest so robbing on a large scale will not become a problem.

Have a look on the floor for dead BB'S as most Bumbles do not come off well when attacked by a few bees in the hive.
 

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whilst working my bees couple of years ago, a queen bumble bee landed on the frame tops; Wow! in an instant she was pulled down between the frames by scores of bees, couple of mins later she was carted out of the entrance in pieces.

NO PRISONERS TAKEN !!.

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That's what I expected to happen or at the very least it to come out fast and get away but instead every time the b/bee has flown out, bumbled around and eventually flown off. I heard of friendly bees but that is ridiculous.:)
 
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