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  Topic: What type of bees?
mmiller

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:11 pm   Subject: What type of bees?
Mutts are great and I would agree that they can be the best way to go. That doesn't really help a new beekeeper. I had a hard time in the beginning finding local queens (mutts or otherwise) because I ...
  Topic: What type of bees?
mmiller

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:03 pm   Subject: What type of bees?
I am going with Carnies this year. Quite a few beeks in my area are happier with their overwintering capabilities.

Mike
 
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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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