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  Topic: Bumble bees

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:52 pm   Subject: Bumble bees
I too have had several calls this year about swarms that, on questioning, turned out to be bumble bees. It never ceases to amaze me the ignorance of an educated society with thoughts of killer bees wh ...
  Topic: moisture droplets on top bars

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:56 pm   Subject: moisture droplets on top bars

The moisture you describe is probably condensation created by the bees normal activity.It is not normally a problem as bees will create an airflow through the hive to regulate temperature and ...
  Topic: Smoking a colony out

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun May 18, 2014 8:43 pm   Subject: Smoking a colony out
They are mostly entering through a gap in the facia where the extension joins the house at roof level and the house next door has a conservatory underneath, so I can't get a ladder directly to it.
  Topic: Living in a bee house

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:48 pm   Subject: Living in a bee house
Hello Berhard,

Great idea if you can persude your wife. Who needs TV with those cubesin the front room?

The only thing that worries me is the outside/inside temperature difference.

Wel ...
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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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