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    what sheet Aluminium roof thickness should I be looking for?

    I bought an 8 x 4 galvanised sheet of 0.6mm from a local farm supplier/hardware store. Easy enough to cut with a mini grinder although I learned not to cut all the way through or you are left with sharp edges. Better to score the sheet with a couple of passes and then bend up and down until it...
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    Queen disappeared - what happened?

    Hey All, thanks for the replies. I'll try answer some questions. The reason we thought it was a cast swarm was because of the low number of bees. You can see them arriving at swarm trap here: Swarms There were 3 capped queen cells in the hive when we discovered the original queen was gone. We...
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    Queen disappeared - what happened?

    Hi All, Earlier on in the season I got a caste swarm from a friend. We settled the bees into a new hive and added 2 full frames of honey to give them a boost. First inspection after 2 weeks went well and new queen was filling out frames with brood and all seemed well. The next inspection and 3...
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    Identification please

    Spot on Hemo. Just looked them up. Never seen or heard about them before. What an amazing creature. https://butterfly-conservation.org/moths/humming-bird-hawk-moth
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    Identification please

    Hi All, Spotted this little creature among the bees on the lavender. Never see anything like it before. I first thought it was a humming bird. It was hovering around the plant with serious aerial ability. Would describe it as furry with butterfly wings.
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    Wasp excluder - mesh size?

    Hi All, I have been trying to find information on the size (width) of the common wasp as I was thinking to put some mesh over the beehive entrance similar to a queen excluder. Would still leave a gap for queen, drones (and wasps) but it would be much easier to defend for a small colony. What...
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    Made a couple of swarm traps over winter. Gave one to A friend who sent me this about an hour ago https://youtu.be/RAYf9MRSm6k
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    What are these?

    after mating, each female builds its own nest; she lines each 'cell' with mud and pollen and lays a single egg in each until the cavity is full. The larvae hatch and develop, pupating in autumn and hibernating over winter. I assume the other larvae had died since one appeared to hatch while...
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    What are these?

    Ok, thanks for confirming. I would have left them alone if I had off known they were there but she built under the lid. Will check out countryfile episode, thanks.
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    What are these?

    On closer inspection the outside is made off mud.
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    What are these?

    Hi All, I placed a swarm trap out the other week and lifted the lid today to find these under the lid. What are they? I initially though they might be wasp larvae but after looking it up they dont seem to match. The outside looks like cardboard and the one on the right already hatched.