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    Essential oil plants and varroa

    It always amuses/confuses me to see advocates of 'natural' beekeeping recommending substances that are completely unnatural to the hive. Pure Lavender oil does not occur naturally in the hive and I have found no evidence to suggest that it might be harvested and brought in by bees - unwittingly...
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    1 - if there is food there will be rats, so ensure they can't get any. 2 - poison is the professional's choice, but not the environmentalists. 3 - integrated pest management - use several pest control methods at once. 4 - all traps - peanut butter is the bait of choice. Check traps regularly. 5...
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    Any Database design experts?

    There are relatively few occasions when you would construct a 1-1 relationship within a database. It is much more common to have a 1-many. For example, one beekeeper may have several apiaries or each apiary could have several hives, or each hive could have many time/date related records such as...
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    Please identify.

    Agree with YorkshireBees - wasps are beneficial and if they are going to be a pest to your colonies, it will be later in the year. I'm not convinced however that this is a wasp - it looks more like a hornet to me (with darker wings and longer orange legs rather than the wasp's yellow legs):
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    Anyone fancy spending a small fortune on a book....?

    Dishmop - could you tell us a little more about this octagonal hive in the picture?
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    My bees seem to love it - but as you observe, there are many variables (largely unknown to us) as to why they may not forage on it at a particular time or day. My guess would be that there are specific conditions which enable the nectar to flow more readily and be more accessible for their...
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    Is there a Dartingtonhive user?

    Good site TBH so that I can make an informed decision? Top Bar Hive Beekeeping: http:// biobees dot com
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    Plant Identification

    A little more information needed Norm. Perhaps this site would be of help to you... Botanical Society of the British Isles Plant identification site
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    Interesting crackling sound from hive

    Look, Listen, Learn - At the hive-side by Ron Brown 'Crackle crackle, like a crisp new fiver being crumpled up, in summer it means that bees are happily drawing out wax foundation. On a cold spring day it may mean acarine in the hive, causing irritation and fidgeting among the bees.'