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  Topic: Bees in the roof
arewethereyet

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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:07 am   Subject: Update
Sadly my little golden bees are no more. They have been replaced by others that are bigger, black and bolshy. I'm guessing that the old queen was murdered along with a potential replacement. This new ...
  Topic: Bees in the roof
arewethereyet

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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:29 am   Subject: Bees in the roof
I now have no bees in the bay window roof. There was an explosion of activity but then gradually the bees became fewer in number. I think that they were all drones because I witnessed the blackbirds a ...
  Topic: Bees in the roof
arewethereyet

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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:47 am   Subject: Bees in the roof
I have two colonies of wild/feral honey bees in my property and I have looked out for them for two years.. I say honey bees but they are about half the size of a normal honey bee. After they both swa ...
  Topic: Wild bees and cuckoos
arewethereyet

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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:19 am   Subject: Wild bees and cuckoos
Many thanks to Barbara and catchercradle for pointing out that I have drones and not cuckoos Embarassed

I think that I have solved the mystery and will start another thread.

Kristina
  Topic: Wild bees of Guernsey
arewethereyet

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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:20 pm   Subject: Wild bees of Guernsey
I love your bees and your photographs. Thank you
  Topic: Wild bees and cuckoos
arewethereyet

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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:09 pm   Subject: Wild bees and cuckoos
As stated in my introduction thread, my two wild colonies have been invaded by parasitic bees and I'm pretty upset about it. I was going to post some pictures here but I can't see how to. If someone c ...
 
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