Looks like odfrank lost some more bees!
Hope you saved that branch after the bees were removed! A great science class example, better than a paper wasp nest!
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Make sure you have an old olive drab box to show as well. They will obviously make the connection.
I thought I just read africanized bees can build a colony without a hive.
Colony collected today
How very cool. I saw some pictures of bees like this from the south..on beesource I am sure too. Maybe they've been there a while.... are your bees still bringing a lot of pollen in Charlie? Up in Novato mine are still really busy, just shorter days and the coyote bush is in full bloom....
I've only seen one open nest like that and it was in Manteca, it was vacant though. Oh and I seen one on duck dynasty on tv earlier this year!
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That is very interesting to see a colony out in the open like that.
Looks like Charlie and Olly are at it again. I really seriously do appreciate the comedy you bring to this forum. Keep it up!
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I knew something about bees rather living outside than in one of Frank's boxes was coming... or maybe they couldn't find another drab olive box and would rather live outside than in anything else! That should've been your reply Frank.... I'm here all week.
Open air nests are very fragile and can be difficult
to move without destroying them. What I do to
preserve open air nests is to insert a few wood
skewers through the combs, and give the bees
a few days to secure the comb to the skewers.
The nest can then be moved and placed near
an ant hill to let them clean out the brood.
Then covered with acrylic.
I had one similar in Arkansas about July 2012. The comb was still tender and white but had capped brood. They had been there about 2 weeks according to the neighbors.
I moved them to a box, and they moved on the next day......
Trying techniques that I doubt will work because I like to be right!
if you two do not stop fighting i will never heal up i am sore from laughing!
I had one VERY similar to yours. Open and to all the elements. I removed the combs and placed then into frames WITH the queen and into a ten frame hive two supers tall.
Real simple as they were only three feet off the ground. Left the hive there for two weeks to get comfy with their new diggs.
Half of them with the queen took off before I picked them up....... NOMADIC BEES! lol