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    Re: Why would a hive swarm now?!

    A small pocket torch is great for spotting eggs , especially in the shade.
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    Re: Pollen = Laying Queen?

    Not true at all

    Caught a swarm earlier this week with a virgin queen and they were bringing in pollen the next day...
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    Re: Queen cells and queen balled

    Thank you, I'll probably recombine them later this week :)
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    Queen cells and queen balled

    Hi , I was going through a hive and found a few active queen cells not yet capped and then found a golf ball sized ball of bees on the comb, queen was in the center.

    Is this a supersedure in...
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    Re: Warm hives as opposed to ventilation

    There's no condensation on the full size hives either Ace. Interestingly, the trays covering the screened bottoms are rather wet , they must be the coldest surface inside which makes sense as they...
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    Re: Warm hives as opposed to ventilation

    This article rings very true for me in the UK. Slowdrone is quite correct about the climate though , it is very different from every state in America! 90+% humidity is the norm here, especially this...
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    Re: Spot the queen! ( video)

    Just went to cutout a colony from a compost bin a few doors up from this swarm and found a ton of collapsed comb inside with a few hundred bees...

    Looks like they had absconded due to the collapse...
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    Re: Spot the queen! ( video)

    Ah yes had not considered a swarm from a nuc, thanks SLowDrone :thumbsup: (queen looks mated)
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    Re: Spot the queen! ( video)

    Thanks guys.. Yes they were wondering around on the roof, I think they fell from a branch above.

    Here is another vid including some extra bits and setting them up in a nuc this morning. I found...
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    Spot the queen! ( video)

    Hi, I just picked up a nice little swarm and was reviewing a short video I made and I think I saw the queen going in at the 50 second mark? You only get to see the abdomen briefly..

    Second...
  11. Re: Queen cup behaviour question with video

    Thanks for the replies, great info!

    Wish me luck on my first split... Assuming there is an egg in there do you think this weekend could be a good time? Week days are a bit tricky due to work and...
  12. Queen cup behaviour question with video

    Hi my bees have been showing a lot of interest in queen cups, just wondering what you might think they are doing and how far advanced they are?


    http://youtu.be/p6xFow7BoUs

    I could not see...
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    Re: Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    Sorry for your losses FVG. I saw in your blog you were considering thicker walls, you should definitely consider this further as temperature really can be the Achilles heal of the TBH in cool...
  14. Re: Jon Entine debunks theory linking neonic pesticides to honeybee collapse

    You guys are hilarious... Beeologics??? seriously?? A company bought out for 116 million dollars 4 years ago yet only have a skeleton webpage with 2 news entries since 2011... you're getting...
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    Re: New TBH Beekeeper -broken comb!

    Shanna if you look at the diagrams in the Les Crowder book he has one of doing a cutout where he lays up the brood combs at the back of the hive spacing them with sticks, until all brood has emerged,...
  16. Re: Caucasian bee (apis mellifera caucasica) VS AMM (apis mellifera millifera)

    Wing morphometry could be a reliable way to tell as AMM are one of the only races to show a Negative Discoidal Shift. It takes a little time to prepare but gives very easy to measure results. The...
  17. Re: Energy, honeybees, and humans. 94 minutes long.

    Thanks for the link. I can't believe the National Honey Show didn't upload this themselves it would have had waaay more views weeks ago....
  18. Re: Jon Entine debunks theory linking neonic pesticides to honeybee collapse

    I wonder how much he was payed by bayer / Monsanto to publish this drivel.
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    Re: Winter cluster size descriptions

    Thanks to you both, that is at least very encouraging. I will pass on your complements to the ladies Vance!

    I had assumed those terms were common amongst most beekepers but thinking about it it...
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    Winter cluster size descriptions

    Hi, I'm trying to get a feel for what it actually means & looks like when bees are described as Prolific, Semi-Prolific, Frugal, winters well on a small cluster etc..

    What are the sizes in terms...
  21. Re: 10 Frames (32mm) Nationals - Space on sides of hives

    In a strong honey flow they may not get the time or space to adjust the comb thickness as it requires moving nectar around, they will simply build a "half" comb attached to the side of the box which...
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    Re: How many mating flights: one or several?

    Hey Eduardo there was an excellent talk done by Jamie Ellis recently on the biology of the Honey Bee. He talks about mating between the 10th and 20th minute of the talk with quite a bit of detail....
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    thanks for the extra info :) The queen issue is something I worry about! mine is very hard to find too so I may have to shake the bees through a queen excluder which is another risk too. at least you...
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    Rick that sounds very similar to what I intend to do this spring, if all goes well! Mind sharing what frames went into the nucs? also what resources were on each frame (if any)?
    Cheers :)
  25. Thread: Ivy honey

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    Re: Ivy honey

    Definitely an under rated honey IMO. Strong flavour with medicinal overtones and crystallises very quick so you need to harvest it before it is capped over and then cream it with a seed honey....
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