Late this afternoon I happened to have an opportunity to stand in the yard with a fairly new beekeeper and in the 20 minutes or so as the sun begin to set behind the trees, we stood there and watched orientation flights of the bees in several colonies. The first colony started and as we discussed what was happening, another just a few feet away also began to fly. We commented on how it did look like a dance, and now having seen this he understood the difference between orientation flights and a robbing event. Sometimes, just observing is the best teacher.

For most of us, we are in that period of the year where there is very little nectar production so robbing can be a serious problem.  Keep an eye on your colonies, and reduce your entrances to make it easier on the colony to guard the “door”. If you are extracting, Continue reading