Friday, June 15, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018. 10:30 PM

 The hive is watched using a small security camera.  Other than possibly a bear, there seemed little need to enable the motion detection alarm.  I did start to turn it on at night as the bees are inactive and who knows what might be lurking around.  Last night, the alarm started to send messages to my phone that motion was being detected - an unusual occurrence.  I turned on the monitor to take a look and saw a rather large group of bees milling around at the entrance.  Other than the fact that they were there, I didn’t see anything unusual happening until I noticed a small, thin bug with long antennae scurrying around the entrance.  Moving much more quickly than the bees, it was soon apparent that the bug was trying to gain entry to the hive and was being blocked by bees positioned  in the entrance.  There were probably two or three bugs that were making attempts to enter but as each approached they were quickly met by a group of bees.  Like a bouncer, a bee would step in front of the bug and it would stop in its tracks only to scamper off and attempt an approach at a different location.

Being the all powerful beekeeper, I decided to tilt the advantage toward the bees by using a wood strip to reduce the size of the entryway of the hive.   Reducing the size of the  entrance gave the bug fewer entry points and those left were easier to defend.   I saw one bug hanging around the entrance and I couldn’t see any others trying to enter the hive.   With an admonishment for them to get some sleep, because tomorrow is a workday, I left for my own bed.

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