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    A local guy here lost 17 hives to wasps one year.

    A local guy here lost 17 hives to wasps one year.
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    This hive is just one deep brood body which is...

    This hive is just one deep brood body which is pretty full apart from the end frames which aren't being used. I've got a shallow super on top and then a hive top feeder. I've fed them over the summer...
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    OK thanks. It did seem like a good idea at the...

    OK thanks. It did seem like a good idea at the time but now I can see I should have left the queen cell alone.
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    Queen cell on top of a frame?

    I've just found a queen cell on top of a frame. After taking off the inner cover I found the open cell upright like a small acorn shell on top of one of the frames. We did a full inspection a couple...
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    When we moved our hive in the car we put a piece...

    When we moved our hive in the car we put a piece of mossie net round a reducer and stopped up the entrance......... but not that well. After a few miles we had around a dozen bees loose in the car...
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    We've been looking after a weak hive all this...

    We've been looking after a weak hive all this summer and had a reducer on giving an entrance of around 5 inches to protect against wasps. We've had temperatures above 40 deg C and no problems. We...
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    Mass of propolis in the entrance

    We've just inspected the bees for the first time in ages. We've still got a drought so we've left them alone till now.

    Looking in the hive entrance the bottom board has looked a real mess so I...
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    Anyone know what this is?

    We've found a giant waspish type of insect in the hive entrance that the bees have killed. Does anyone know what it is. A picture is posted on the pics forum.

    Chris
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    So what's this then?

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1176/1078878101_db9bbbc253_m.jpg


    I found this muppet in the hive entrance yesterday. It had already been murdered by the bees and were they mad ? I managed to...
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    Poll: I've left a dripping pipe on the veggie watering...

    I've left a dripping pipe on the veggie watering system that the bees just love. Close to the hive we've got a water try full of stones that is topped up daily by the same system and that is totally...
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    Just thought I better mention it. There's been a...

    Just thought I better mention it. There's been a TV show in the UK where people do crazy things to get a laugh and one was the microwave thing heating oil with the microwave in the middle of a field....
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    Sheri......."I made this bar with just beeswax...

    Sheri......."I made this bar with just beeswax and olive oil, (you could probably use any veggie oil or even tallow for that matter I would guess) melted together in the microwave".

    Sheri. You may...
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    Chris, Is the olive bloom worked by honey bees?...

    Chris, Is the olive bloom worked by honey bees? Do they produce nectar from it?

    I don't know the answer to that so I'll have to make a point of seeing what happens in the spring. Somebody's got to...
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    Lots of sense there Sheri. As a newbee I can...

    Lots of sense there Sheri. As a newbee I can relate to all that but you mention goatskin gloves. I've read that we should steer clear of anything animal such as leathers because it can get the bees...
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    Things are quite different in Crete. The...

    Things are quite different in Crete. The difficult time is now as we have a drought from July to October so there's only oleander pollen coming at the present. The interesting thing is that when the...
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    I should worry too much about it kc. It's too...

    I should worry too much about it kc. It's too easy to misunderstand what someones trying to say when they start in the middle of a thread and there are far worse forums than this where it happens.
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    That's a hard one KC. At the minute oleander is...

    That's a hard one KC. At the minute oleander is the only pollen coming in. You can't mistake it because of the different vivid colours. Not sure how good it is though. When we get through the drought...
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    Has anyone got any thoughts on whether or not the...

    Has anyone got any thoughts on whether or not the bees know you're feeling nervous and react differently? Other animals can sense it so why not bees.

    And yes this is a brilliant site. We've got a...
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    It was my thread where KC advised not to wear the...

    It was my thread where KC advised not to wear the gloves. I'm new to beekeeping this year and after starting with 4 frames of brood and not many field bees we could inspect the hive easily with no...
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    The locals here use an open topped wooden tray...

    The locals here use an open topped wooden tray with a simple wooden frame resting inside for the bees to perch on. They rest it on top of the frames. I've asked around and I'm told it's an Australian...
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    Some nice pictures there Dan. We could use some...

    Some nice pictures there Dan. We could use some of that snow here as we can't work after midday due to the heat and we have to sit in the tub or go to the beach.

    My guitar playing is bad enough...
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    Do bees get grumpier during drought?

    Just inspected the bees and like last time got stung on the hand (only once but once is enough for me). We used to be able to examine frames closely and take our time during inspections and the bees...
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    It's worse than having teenagers............. you...

    It's worse than having teenagers............. you worry about them all the time!:eek:
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    Problem sorted

    A couple of days ago we removed the feeder and put a super on. The feeder was then put on a spare bottom board for a few minutes until things had calmed down. We then turned over the feeder and...
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    "Of my 3 hives mabye 1 bee out of 20 has pollen...

    "Of my 3 hives mabye 1 bee out of 20 has pollen the rest nectar"

    I don't want to sound too dumb but I see bees coming home with pollen sacs full and assume it's pollen. How do I recognise bees...
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