Biting and Hair Pulling

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Nordak
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Biting and Hair Pulling

Postby Nordak » Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:49 am

Some of my bees will bite or pull hair as a precursor to stinging, happened to me on my last inspection. It definitely gets my attention and can be somewhat painful at times. I was curious if anyone else has noticed this behavior with their bees and could this be associated with mite biting? It seems I read something on Dave Cushman's site regarding something similar, but I've never seen much documentation on these behaviors.

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Re: Biting and Hair Pulling

Postby SiWolKe » Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:28 am

The elgons do this.
If it´s grooming behavior I will see if they survive :)

Hope they do not sting after tasting!
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Re: Biting and Hair Pulling

Postby Michael Bush » Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:26 pm

I've noticed it particularly with Russians.
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Re: Biting and Hair Pulling

Postby Nordak » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:52 pm

Thanks Sibylle and Michael. I've often thought some of these bees have Russian like characteristics, so that might be part of it.


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