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  Topic: Too hot in a deep floor hive?
Jon B

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:15 pm   Subject: Too hot in a deep floor hive?
In summer - when hot - I remove all bottom boards, Bees stop bearding then.

If open air was so bad for bees - in summer - they would surely not fan or beard? Smile

Rest of the year, bottom boards ...
  Topic: Beelining
Jon B

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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:41 pm   Subject: Beelining
Dust her with powdered sugar so she's easier to track. Or set out a little honey for bait and dust multiple.
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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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