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  Topic: Where do they build?

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:25 pm   Subject: Where do they build?
Thanks Barabara,

What you explain is what we had understood, but to us, that is relative to the existing comb. We do expect them to do it this way from this (second) year on, when they will expand ...
  Topic: Where do they build?

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:44 pm   Subject: Where do they build?

We have 2 tbh and 2 inherited Dadant hives which will migrate to tbh next spring.

Everything we have learned about bees in their natural environment tells us bees would build first at the t ...
  Topic: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 8:23 pm   Subject: Thoughts on the cathedral hive

The design seems indeed overly complex and as to wether it serves the bees better: well, we're just beginning beekeepers (our first colony since before yesterday, yippie), who are we to tell? ...
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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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