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  Topic: Today's Inspection

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:51 am   Subject: Today's Inspection
Some photos from an inspection today on a couple of my hives. ...
  Topic: The Russian Scion

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:28 am   Subject: The Russian Scion
Very cool. Will try this next year.
  Topic: Eco-floor - idea and development

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:11 pm   Subject: Eco-floor - idea and development
In the southern U.S., this would be a really bad idea. I would like to implement an eco floor for testing, but the opportunistic small hive beetle that runs rampant in these parts would make it a near ...
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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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