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  Topic: Photos of some Emergency Queen Cells

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:05 pm   Subject: Photos of some Emergency Queen Cells
Thanks for the note about the photos. The bees are genetically diverse, but mostly Apis mellifera ligustica (Italian). Indeed, I could not find the queen after a detailed inspection of each top bar. B ...
  Topic: varnishing the outside of tbh

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:01 am   Subject: varnishing the outside of tbh
One of my sons and I recently made two top bar hives of cedar. I applied a couple of coats of pure tung oil to all the external surfaces. It resulted in a transparent, waterproof finish accentuating t ...
  Topic: Photos of some Emergency Queen Cells

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:26 am   Subject: Photos of some Emergency Queen Cells
Here are photos of some emergency queen cells that I found in one of my top bar hives:
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Conserving wild bees

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