Little Black Bee?

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Fuzzystuff, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. Fuzzystuff

    Fuzzystuff New Member

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    I am wondering what kind of bee this is? There are several in my home hive. The queen is Italian. Just curious?


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  2. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    an old bee that has lost it's fuzzy quality.
     

  3. cat

    cat New Member

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    I have been seeing these around my hives for the first time this fall (I'm a new beek). I just found out I have a very high tracheal mite infestation, maybe that leads to more 'naked' bees?

    It's late to treat for t. mites, but I'm giving it a shot and hopefully one of my two hives will survive this winter.
     
  4. wfuavenger

    wfuavenger New Member

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    Those are generally robber bees. They have no fuzz on them because the guard bees in the hive they are robbing are pulling on them so much, they pull out the hairs.
     
  5. Fuzzystuff

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    I'm not having any robbing that I can tell. They have filled and capped 6 TB (KTBH) in the last 6 weeks which I thought was pretty good (been feeding 2-1). It's a small hive probably more like a nuc.
     
  6. wfuavenger

    wfuavenger New Member

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    They could be robbing a wild hive or a neighbors hive.