Made an observation at the front of the hive yesterday that got my attention. I thought one hive was being robbed. They was a fight on the landing board and some serious bee comings and goings. I even got a warning shot on the shoulder. I went to get the entrance reducers and my armour. I hated the thought of putting an entrance reducer on in 100degree weather, but that's the only thing I knew to do. I went into the hive to see how serious the damage was. To my surprise, I think they were bringing in nectar! How is this possible in this drought? The hive was fine, no robbing going on and it looked as though they were adding to the honey in the super. I found recent brood, so I closed it up and checked the other (smaller) hive. HA! That queen showed me! She has been playing catch up to the other hive since being installed as a package in April. Well, she has surpassed the other hive and has produced two brood boxes filled to the rim with eggs, brood, honey and a wee bit of honey in the super. Now, my questions for you Old Drones and Old Workers. Is it possible that they are gathering nectar in this drought? Or, are they robbing someone's hummingbird feeder? Is there another way to control robbing other than an entrance reducer? I have screened bottom boards and haven't created any openings for air in the top.