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Are you asking for opinions, or proven science???

My opinion is another hive that is assessable is just another food source. If one forager finds an easy way in, she will do the dance and take the others back.

The fact that their choice is [1] nectar, [2] sugar, [3] honey, in that order explains why it only happens during a dearth. Any hive will become robbers if that's the only food available.

It's just like cleaning out extracted frames when the supers are set out. They don't clean them well during a flow, like they will during a dearth.
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