Honey Bees Fight to Protect the Hive from Robbers

DSC_0004 - Copy (2).JPGA week ago our backyard hive, abandoned five months ago, was back in action with honey bees( foragers) returning with full pollen sacs all day long.  I take photos of a new hive frequently to spot potential problems, or to document positive signs of development. Two days ago I took a shot of two bees fighting at the entrance to the hive. Sometimes bees from other hives will try to rob honey from a newly formed hive. Yesterday, I noticed the bees were entering the hive single file at one narrow spot, a sign that the entrance had been blocked to prevent robbers from coming inside. Stay tuned.