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  1. #1
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    Jul 2008
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    Aberdeen, Idaho
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    Default Hollow tree/ no bees

    A neighbor removed several Box Elder trees that were hollow. Apparently for a long time. The cavities were unoccupied by bees. There was not any sign of bees at all. I have known of feral hives and swarms in the area, but not many. We have lost 3 swarms in the past 5 years. Would the fact that these cavities were never occupied indicate that there were actually very few ferals in the area? There are some commercial opperations in the area besides our few hives.
    Dave

  2. #2
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    Jul 2012
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    St. Paul, MN
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    Default Re: Hollow tree/ no bees

    This simply means the swarms in the area did not find those hollow trees to be the most suitable cavities in the area.

    Honeybees have an awesome method for deciding the best new nest site:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgSbPkInTzs
    This video goes into great depth and is fascinating.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2008
    Location
    Elkton, Giles, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Hollow tree/ no bees

    Lots of old trees are hollow with no opening for access.
    Walt

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Utica, NY
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    Default Re: Hollow tree/ no bees

    Our back forty (we call it) is loaded with box elder. I think the bees are smart. They know that these trees make horrible homes for them because of there weak structure. They are susceptible to wind, rain, ice and snow damage. Although they can completely up-route and fall over without dieing they damage easily especially when they have a rotten hollow center. I think they are a good pollen and nectar source.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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