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Do bees hold a grudge?

 
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triscleeire
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Location: Ireland - East Clare

PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 6:49 pm    Post subject: Do bees hold a grudge? Reply with quote

I got very aggressive black Irish bees. I am generally fine with this as the colony appears to be exceptionally strong and healthy.
After inspections individual bees attack any passer by within a 100m radius without obvious reason.
Once 2 bees were actually waiting for me at the front door 100m from the hive on the other side of the house and stung me 2 days after the inspection.

Do bees generally hold a grudge and retaliate for unwanted hive inspections?
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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, they generally do. That's why one waits a couple of days in between inspections minimum.

You don't have black bees. Black bees do not sting...at least according to some members. Wink
http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=109500#109500
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AugustC
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends on the colony. I have had bees that seem to have no memory of incursion and others they are defensive for upto two weeks afterwards.
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zaunreiter
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, especially the black bees. Laughing
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Heartstone
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe some black bees do not sting but Irish black bees most definitely DO sting. They are a lot more aggressive then Buckfast bees. I have had both. Currently I have only black bees and they are not very aggressive with me unless I upset them by over smoking, inspecting too long or shaking the hive. They also get aggressive if they have no queen or virgin queens and you inspect them.

The reason I tried Buckfasts was due to my first hive of Irish black bees being very, very aggressive. On one occasion I got stung over 20 times through my jeans, gloves and bee suite.

The Buckfasts did not do very well for me, they all died. So I went back to blacks from another source and so far they have been great.

There is a colony of Irish Blacks in Waterford I believe that are said not to be aggressive.

Lots of bee keeping politics around black / buckfast bees in Ireland that I try to stay out of. Personally I just keep bees and at the moment they are all Irish Blacks.
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