They can carry their own weight. Amazing huh? I don't know if it is dead bees you are seeing, but I do know they will carry them out and throw them off the landing board. Would not surprise me that they would fly with them and drop them away from the hive. Hope this helps
Post by Nancy Vallereux on Jun 5, 2011 21:15:28 GMT -7
Both honeybees that were taken away were alive and struggling with the other honeybee (trying to get away) until they were bee-napped. The first time was when I had both outer and inner covers off just before inspecting the hive. Second time they came out of the front of the hive (bottom one still wiggling - trying to get away) Thx
Post by Nancy Vallereux on Jun 10, 2011 20:13:47 GMT -7
They looked exactly alike - I had an up close and personal look at the first bee-napping - in the hive on top of the frames. The second time I was a few feet away but they went in the same direction as the first one (two). No ransom demand so far!
Post by Englandsnumber6 on Jun 6, 2015 13:52:47 GMT -7
Just at the start of summer I saw a large bee like a bumble with a white bottom carrying a much smaller alive bee on its back also as it flew away it squirted some clear and yellow goo out and then flew away .
Post by Wamegodreamweaver on Jul 2, 2020 5:18:15 GMT -7
We are having the same situation of what appears to be honeybees carrying other live honeybees out of our hive and flying off with them. This has been going on for a couple of weeks. We’ve watched them carefully. They ARE honeybees carrying off honeybees from our hive. Any insight would be welcome.
Post by CrazyYoungBeekeeper on Jul 19, 2020 11:13:08 GMT -7
Did you find any articles for your inquiry? Those are housekeeper or undertaker bees. Did you notice if the bee being taken away had deformities or had odd looking wings? It was being taken away, because it had been deemed unhelpful to the overall hive. Maybe it was sick ("Wait, I'm not dead yet. Really I feel fine.") Perhaps it was an intruder. Check out this article on Beverly Bees.