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  Topic: Found a tiny swarm today - now what to do?
melissabee

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 4:00 pm   Subject: Found a tiny swarm today - now what to do?
Hi there,

about an hour ago I found a tiny swarm hanging in a bush next to our house. There is a marked queen there and boy she is dark! Definitely no buckfast and no Carnica as well. Now they are ...
  Topic: Pale bees, fully developed but weak
melissabee

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:20 am   Subject: Pale bees, fully developed but weak
Yes, I thought the same. These look loke not-yet-finished bees....there were two or three of them and certainly not fit enough for living (not because they were too young but they were weak and dying. ...
  Topic: Pale bees, fully developed but weak
melissabee

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:29 pm   Subject: Pale bees, fully developed but weak
Hi,

is this varroa? I've sometimes seen those white or whitish larvae being carried out by the bees but just two minutes ago there were two fully developed bees coming out of the hive, pale looking ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
melissabee

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:57 am   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Do earwigs really eat the mite?
My TBHs are less than perfectly built, with quite a lot of gaps etc. Crying or Very sad , but I do have masses of earwigs in all of them. Good sign? Rather not because of the gaps ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
melissabee

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:15 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
My mods are a combination of the 'periscope entrance', good insulation above the bars and a deep floor, filled with wood shavings: all of these should contribute towards a more humid atmosphere and a ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
melissabee

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:28 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
So, do you have a kind of prototype for such a hive in mind? I'm trying to follow your discussion and have some design in my mind as well but I'm sure I've misunderstood something.

Could a poly hiv ...
 
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