Friends of the Bees

Please support Friends of the Bees to keep this forum free to use.

Natural Beekeeping International Forum
low-cost, low-impact, balanced beekeeping for everyone

 Forum FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileYour Profile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Please Read The Rules before posting.



(country selected automatically - UK/USA/CA/AU)
Found an active bee tree

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    beekeeping forum -> Photo gallery
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
AlanT
New Bee


Joined: 03 Mar 2019
Posts: 8
Location: USA,Virgina, Rockbridge Count

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:00 am    Post subject: Found an active bee tree Reply with quote

I found an active bee tree today. I could see comb through the entrance hole and hear and smell bees inside. It was too late in the evening for bees to be flying. Any ideas about how to feed these bees? The entrance hole is about an 1 1/2 inches wide and 3 inches long. It is right at head height. I put out my newly made quadratic hive nearby as a swarm trap.
The forum is not allowing to post my pictures because I haven't posted 5 times yet.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
AlanT
New Bee


Joined: 03 Mar 2019
Posts: 8
Location: USA,Virgina, Rockbridge Count

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1U6_JHLbp3fyD0yKxkrmAjfdmmxox9lpf
I found an active bee tree today. I could see comb through the entrance hole and hear and smell bees inside. It was too late in the evening for bees to be flying. Any ideas about how to feed these bees? The entrance hole is about an 1 1/2 inches wide and 3 inches long. It is right at head height. I put out my newly made quadratic hive nearby as a swarm trap.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NPJlabxvU06U7-ivHtf_6mteEVI-4e__
I should have taken a picture of the tree from farther back to give more perspective. I will try to do that in the near future.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Barbara
Site Admin


Joined: 27 Jul 2011
Posts: 1835
Location: England/Co.Durham/Ebchester

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi.

Hive looks very nice and congrats on finding a feral colony. I'm not sure why you would want to feed them. That just knocks them out of balance with their environment. It artificially stimulates them when the flora is not there to support their expansion. You want bees that are self sustaining not in constant need of propping up. These bees will have had no honey harvested from them and are in a well insulated home with a nice curtain of wax comb to baffle any draughts. If they do not survive without feeding then the chances are that they are not worth having because they are weak or not acclimatised to the area.
I would recommend that you visit regularly and watch for activity and pollen being taken in which will tell you that they are starting to build up for a new season. None of mine have been fed and even cast swarms from last year are happily foraging when the sun comes out and the temperature allows.

Good luck with baiting a swarm from them in May/June.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message MSN Messenger
AlanT
New Bee


Joined: 03 Mar 2019
Posts: 8
Location: USA,Virgina, Rockbridge Count

PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:37 am    Post subject: A few more photos of the bee tree Reply with quote

The bees were flying and bringing in Pollen.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1B-A1TvNK6zQjEj-mp5k8BtOOQ6XwPt75
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FdC1F0BsH_fUX4Lm2t-cidN-rlSZpfWw
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Barbara
Site Admin


Joined: 27 Jul 2011
Posts: 1835
Location: England/Co.Durham/Ebchester

PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great news!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message MSN Messenger
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    beekeeping forum -> Photo gallery All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

SPECIAL OFFER FOR UK FORUM MEMBERS - Buy your protective clothing here and get a special 15% discount! (use the code BAREFOOTBEEKEEPER at checkout and be sure to 'update basket')



Are the big energy companies bleeding you dry?


Is way too much of your hard-earned family income going up in smoke?

Are you worried about what could happen if the ageing grid system fails?

You need to watch this short video NOW to find out how YOU can cut your energy bills TO THE BONE within 30 days!

WATCH THE VIDEO NOW



(country selected automatically - UK/USA/CA/AU)

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)

Barefoot Beekeeper Podcast



Now available from Lulu.com


Now available from Lulu.com


Now available from Lulu.com


4th Edition paperback now available from Lulu.com

See beekeeping books for details and links to ebook versions.
site map
php. BB © 2001, 2005 php. BB Group

View topic - Found an active bee tree - Natural Beekeeping Network Forum