Absconding Bees Leave The Hive
What are Absconding Bees?
Absconding bees are an unknown issue to new beekeepers until it happens. The beekeeper goes out to inspect a new hive. It is opened with high expectations to find – nothing. All the bees are gone! A very few young bees and some pollen is present- but no adults.
How Are Absconding Bees Different From Swarming?
What Causes Absconding?
Frequent disturbances can contribute to absconding bees. The colony may be under attack from predators at night. Skunks and opossums eat honey bees. Skunks will scratch at the hive entrance during the night. When bees come out to investigate, the skunk eats them. This problem can be reduced by choosing a proper hive stand and location.