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  Topic: Wasp larva in my split?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:12 pm   Subject: Wasp larva in my split?
Well, this was a fresh split, low numbers, queen had not emerged yet. So they were not able to defend well against such intrusions.
She was quite upset I was unable to get any pictures, as documentat ...
  Topic: Wasp larva in my split?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:50 am   Subject: Wasp larva in my split?
No answers, huh?
Well, I phoned my cousin's fiance who is pursuing a degree in entomology, and she tells me it was most likely a cuckoo bee, which normally parasitizes paper wasps, and in this case w ...
  Topic: Wasp larva in my split?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:51 am   Subject: Wasp larva in my split?
So, my Carnies are doing great, getting ready to swarm, so I did a split about ten days ago(HTBh). A week later, I went in and inspected the split, and sure enough, they've finished off one of the que ...
  Topic: Eco-floor - idea and development

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:56 pm   Subject: Eco-floor - idea and development
I am all for reproducing as natural a habitat as possible for bees(am seasoning a large log I plan to hollow out and cut into 'boxes' this summer); however, and please correct me if I'm wrong, but if ...
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