Yesterday we noticed lots of activity at the entrance to one of our hives. The bees were loud and busy and could not get too close. There was about 50 dead bees below the hive.
So this morining we suited up. There was fighting going on. We have Italian bees and these things coming into the hive are golden like the Italian bees but 3 to 4 times the size. They were bigger than the drones we have and did not have big eyes or rounded bottoms. 3 or 4 of our bees would hope on the back of these to defend the hive. All the honey stores are gone from the super but brood and honey in brood box.
So I reduced the entrance size down to about 3cm. We have a top feeder that sits above the super. I put that on and gave a little bee sweet to that. There is a queen excluder on. These invaders will not get up there as they are way too big.
This is my first hive. Only 6 months old. I don’t want to lose them. Anything else I should do.
The other question what are these massive bees. I’ll try and take a photo but they are all very unsettled