Most people that keep bees in France in hives will in summer have removed the outer lid of a hive and found themselves confronted by a number of ants and a heap of ant larvae. Once exposed the ants will run around frantically, start to collect the larvae and transport them down to the primary nest under the hive somewhere. Needless to say this is a long process and may take several hours if there is a very large number to be moved but they will given time clear them all.
So what are they doing there and is it an actual problem or just an irritation? Just one more thing to test our patience as bee keepers?