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I am sanding down and repainting a WBC hive and have no idea why the bottom lift has a flap at the rear that has a catch on it ?

Any ideas please..
 

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To have an escape hatch in case you get bees stuck between the lifts and the boxes?
 

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Most designs of wbc have ready access to the space between the lifts and the inner boxes already.
Some Eastern double walled hives have a bridge/tunnel from entrance to brood chamber, but I haven't seen such things on a wbc !

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ok I will come clean as to why I have not added a picture,its because its my 80 year old father is doing the repairs not me,well it keeps him out of mischief.
 

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As Victor states,there is allready access between box's and lifts,plus wbc normally have cone escapes for bee's to get out. Have seen some adaptations to lifts for doing A/S, like a round hole and tube,or cut out hatch in lift for bee access. But can only take a guess that this entrance in the porch lift has been made to allow rear access for a varroa insert test tray,home made modification.
 
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