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    Wasp takeover

    Watched a wasp enter yesterday, and 30 seconds or so later, leave. Plenty of bees coming and going but this wasp seemed unaffected. Reduced entrance to 4 bee space (arches) in mouse guard. Might reduce it further.
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    Wasps

    When do wasps die off or hibernate? I thought they’d have p****d off by now! Still a few circling around the hive entrance, although not getting in as there’s still plenty of activity.
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    Wax moth in my super

    Are wax moths attracted to empty stored frames? Or just those with honey? Just wondered, as I have drawn empty frames in storage.
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    Fondant question

    Can’t be any more expensive than buying sugar
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    Re-introducing old Queen back into hive

    I think that was what happened with the introduction
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    Re-introducing old Queen back into hive

    Had a good look, but no sign. Queen cells there too, assuming started from the eggs of old Queen. Yeah that was my thinking. Hive/Nuc are problems (queenless/wasps), so uniting and re-introducing old Queen was my thinking. Just wondered if I should cage her or not.
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    Re-introducing old Queen back into hive

    New Queen introduced last week obviously killed. A few wasps are starting to get into the Nuc with the old Queen. I need to re-introduce old Queen back into hive. What’s the best way to do that? Put her into cage? Or put the frame she’s on straight back into hive?
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    Newly introduced Queen killed?

    @Swarm - yeah I had a look out front, but didn’t spot anything. Will do so again though.
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    Newly introduced Queen killed?

    Was originally requeened in 2018 with a Buckfast Queen. There’s been a few changes in Queen since then, so previous queens would have mated with local bees, so maybe the Buckfast strain has been diluted somewhat since. New Queen is a native black bee.
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    Newly introduced Queen killed?

    They weren’t. I removed the old queen, and put her into a Nuc the same day.
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    Newly introduced Queen killed?

    As in the hive temperament? A bit agitated the last few weeks. Could have been due to wasps or stores.
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    Newly introduced Queen killed?

    Yes, I thought that myself. I wasn’t worried not seeing eggs. It was just the not seeing the Queen that’s got me worried.
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    Newly introduced Queen killed?

    Put new Queen into hive Tuesday (cage type below). It was only afterwards I realised it is advised the plastic tab (so the bees can’t get at the fondant) be kept on for a day while bees get used to the new Queen. Anyway, I opened the tab when introducting, and the next day the Queen was out of...
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    Bees more agitated in recent weeks

    Stores aren’t brilliant. I’ve been feeding last few weeks. Might be a factor.
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    Bees more agitated in recent weeks

    Yes, I mainly checked last time for stores, as they’re not substantial. Just re-queened today also, so will need to go back in again to make sure that has went ok. After that, I’m done.
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