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Frosted Plexiglass Cover and SHB

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The June Bee Culture has a letter from a beekeeper who installed a frosted plexiglass cover on his hive. He claimed the light caused the SHBs to abandon the hive. It sounds interesting. The initial downside I thought of was sunlight causing the hive temperature to rise. Interesting though.
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I was wondering if something could be rigged up over the hive that would cause shade on the plexi glass, but allow light in. What if it could be arranged where the early morning sun would shine on the glass, but later be shaded? I am not clear on how long the sun has to shine on the plexi glass to make this work.
 

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What about the bees? How do they react to the the light? Less productive, more productive or do they even care? I imagine the temperature could be controlled like you said with some ventilation or some shade. But I wonder if there are any negative effects on our buddies? If not, it sounds like a great preventive measure to those darn beetles!


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