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AugustC
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:06 pm    Post subject: flys on bees Reply with quote

Checked the entrance activity at the hives this evening 6:45pm.
One of the entrances had a lot of activity but not coming and going. There were lots of small flies attempting to get in and landing on the bees which they did not seem to like.
Does anyone have any idea what is going on here? This is a kTBH with an ecofloor with varroa mesh in between.
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Che Guebuddha
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ant Queens have wings and one strong colony can produce many. Eco-floor would be a great place to build a strong colony of Ants. I suggest open the hive and check pronto because ants can weaken the colony alot. Ants are also very much attacking bees on comb so warming the brood can be impossible. I have seen it in one of my hives who got a huge ant colony inside
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AugustC
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty sure not ants and it's a v.strong colony.

https://picasaweb.google.com/m/viewer?fgl=true&pli=1#photo/104401588299953051979/5904237993088958769/6031525137181709458
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AugustC
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if other link to video would work so here is one through youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65AkvVZoV6Q
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semiautonomous
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed something similar a few days ago on one of my HTBH. With mine it was only one or two flies, but like in your video they where flying around the entrance, landing on bees and getting chased off and then coming back. It doesn't seem to have carried on so I'm not too worried but I would still be interested in what they are and what they were doing. They were definitely flies, not ants/wasps etc.
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Paul Reyes
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the information, thats some great advice.
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SueBee
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may be way off base, but could these possibly be phorid flies, the ones who are now responsible for "zombie bees"? Google and see?
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AugustC
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think so, they are far to large and on entirely the wrong continent.
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