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  Topic: Varroa mesh wire gauge relevance
ronald_stuffleb

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:38 pm   Subject: A published paper that may be of some help to you
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Experimentation of an Anti-Varroa Screened Bottom Board in the Context of Developing an Integrated Pest Management Strategy for Varroa Infested Honeybees in the Province of Quebec
  Topic: Sepp Holzer Style Log Bee Hive
ronald_stuffleb

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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:00 pm   Subject: Thank you for the post!
Very cool...Ive heard about Sepp Holzer before & this is just icing on the cake. I wonder what his thoughts on Mason Bees are?
 
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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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