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Lost a split

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Well shucks, great way to start a first post. A couple of walkaway splits about 1 1/2 months old looked really good Thurs. night. Checked them Sun. and one had bull ants coming and going from the 1" entrance. Opened it up and had bull ants all in it. Dead ants and bees all over the bottom screen. Got all the ants out as I could tearing it apart, almost started a grass fire with my propane torch killing them (well, did but got it out). Had maybe 1 1/2 frames of bees left. Set it up about 2 ft higher on a stand. Last night I came home intending to reinforce it with some frames from another hive and found it being robbed. All but about 1 frame of honey total left, the bees all in front of or in the hive dying. The queen still trying to crawl on her side on the bottom board screen. The robbers were from another hive of mine.
The life of a small beekeeper.
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Hey rast,
Were the ants after the bees (protein) or after honey (carbos) or both? I've got some big red ants near some hives that will attack me while I'm working a hive, but don't seem interested in the bees.
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