Placed a new nuc in a hive on Monday, today is Wednesday. On Tuesday morning some of the nuc had left home and occupied a vacant hive about four meters away. On Tuesday afternoon an amazing altercation had started with a serious war raging between the defectors in the entrance to the vacant hive. All was peaceful and serene in the original hive.
I watched in fascination as the serious battle continued until dark. On Wednesday morning there are about twenty or more dead bees on the ground below the vacant hive entrance. I suspect that there are more bodies inside the hive but the remainder are making it quite clear that are NOT receiving human visitors. Can anyone offer a possible reason for the altercation please. Also how are bees able to kill each other?