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  Topic: Cordovan color shades?

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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:10 pm   Subject: Cordovan color shades?
Hi all.
I am a beginner beekeeper and still on my learning curve.
I learnt about the „Cordovan“ color some bee strains expose. I never saw these colored bees myself so far and I wanted to understand ...
  Topic: Effectiveness of VSH trait?

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:04 pm   Subject: Effectiveness of VSH trait?
Hi all.
I am a beginner beekeeper and try understand the effectiveness of VSH better.
I find a lot on VSH queens offered for sale. They tend to be quite costly. On the other hand I don‘t find convin ...
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Quality Top Bar Hives by Andrew Vidler

Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

There is a spectacular display of wild bee hotels here

More about bumblebees and solitary bees here

Information about the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

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