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Are these caps a sign of robbing?

I am unsure if these caps on my bottom board are a sign of robbing. I did not read that when I looked into robbing. What could they be? Just a bunch of bees hatching at once?

The fine stuff looks like brood and or honey cappings, the larger bits look more like dropped pollen to me.

Have you tried smearing a bit between two fingers?

Hello Tes and welcome to the forum with your question.
Zooming on your photo I’m seeing brood capping that the emerging bee chews to get out of the cell, it is dis-guarded by the colony and not used again.
If robbing was happening then with camera in hand you would have photographed World War Three happening at the entrance with dead bees on the landing board and under the hive. Heaps of buzzing, lots of bee to bee fighting with guard bees defending the hive. If you see it happening it is very obvious what is happening.
Relax Tes, what you have photographed is normal.
Cheers

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Peter48
June 19

Hello Tes and welcome to the forum with your question.
Zooming on your photo I’m seeing brood capping that the emerging bee chews to get out of the cell, it is dis-guarded by the colony and not used again.
If robbing was happening then with camera in hand you would have photographed World War Three happening at the entrance with dead bees on the landing board and under the hive. Heaps of buzzing, lots of bee to bee fighting with guard bees defending the hive. If you see it happening it is very obvious what is happening.
Relax Tes, what you have photographed is normal.
Cheers


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Thank you!!
That is reassuring. Lots of brood popping out at once!

Looks fine Tes normal capping. Just a suggestion pour some cooking oil into your tray sections to help trap any pests. I clean mine out 3 times a year.