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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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    Bees more agitated in recent weeks

    My bees seem very cranky and agitated lately (last 6 weeks or so), but especially the last couple of weeks. Very agitated last two inspections in particular, and I’ve been chased around the place by the odd bee while doing odd jobs 30/40 yards away. Had to take cover in my shed. Wasp season...
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    Tooting Queen?

    Remember knocking down Q cells once, and one Queen escaped out onto a frame, and began tooting. It’s a very distinctive sound.
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    New Queen arriving - not sure where to put her

    The numbers of bees fill out a Brood box at present, so they’d probably be too big for a Nuc. I hear what you’re saying though. Gives me something to think about. Might the actual chalk Brood problem be the frames in the hive, and not the Queen?
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    New Queen arriving - not sure where to put her

    I thought maybe weather in spring was a factor with the chalk brood (stress too), but as the year progressed, the number of chalk brood never seemed to reduce. So, although she is a good layer, she obviously has that weakness in her.
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    New Queen arriving - not sure where to put her

    Well, I thought I’d hang onto the current Queen, in case something goes wrong with the introduction of the new Queen. She obviously has a genetic weakness re: the chalk Brood, but she’s a terrific layer, and thought she would be useful as back up. And as I say, the colony must be happy enough...
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