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  Topic: Queenless Hive!!

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:54 pm   Subject: Queenless Hive!!
Yes just reading your replies and then re-reading my post it makes perfect sense that both hives have just got on, without my tampering, and re-queened themselves. I was flapping last night - a knee ...
  Topic: Queenless Hive!!

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:52 pm   Subject: Queenless Hive!!
I've inspected my top bar tonight expecting nothing untoward and there is no sign of my laying queen or brood. It's rammed full of stores and bees but that's it.

Now three weeks ago I went out to a ...
  Topic: Earwigs?

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:29 pm   Subject: Earwigs?
I have lots in my tbh, I have just evicted about 30 and put them in the chicken coop to, hopefully, deal with my red mite infestation.

I read somewhere that they are quite partial to varroa too. ...
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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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