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    moving colony in a (felled) tree

    I'm posting this in the beginners forum as I am still a beginner, and I urgently need your advice, so if I should post this in a different sub-forum, please do forward as appropriate. . I keep a colony of bees in at a local major tourist site which has formal gardens as well as mature trees. I...
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    No brood (yet?)

    Checked an active and apparently healthy colony twice now, two weeks apart, since the temp here in the Highlands reached 11degC. No brood on either occasion - should I be worried? If not, at what point should I be worried? The queen is marked. I didn't find her on either occasion, but I didn't...
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    Quick questions quick answers

    Awesome! :thanks:
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    Quick questions quick answers

    If uniting colonies, do the usual rules apply to the colony being moved, I.e. less than a metre or more than 3 miles? Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
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    Quick questions quick answers

    When uniting two colonies, does it matter if the Q+ colony is on the top or bottom of the stack? Sent from my A3-A20 using Tapatalk
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    Crop ID.

    Green manure. Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
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    Bad places to get stung

    Thanks, that's really helpful [emoji106] Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
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    Bad places to get stung

    Hence "... apart from the obvious, before you jump in on that...!".... Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
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    Bad places to get stung

    ... apart from the obvious, before you jump in on that...! As a relatively new beekeeper, I've experienced a few stings in different places, mostly wrists and arms. I've discovered that there are a few bad places to be stung, resulting in a reaction that lasts a few days, and I'm wondering if...
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    Evicting Bees from inside the wall of my house?

    Yes, no, and no, in that order :) Sent from my A3-A20 using Tapatalk
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    Evicting Bees from inside the wall of my house?

    They will be gone very soon - the apparent swarm is just the males waiting for females coming out of the nest. Male bumblebees, like male honeybees, have no sting and so are completely harmless. Sent from my A3-A20 using Tapatalk
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    Purple Pollen

    Phacelia is used a lot in green manures too, very useful plant used on a farm scale as well as allotments. Sent from my A3-A20 using Tapatalk
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    Purple Pollen

    Phacelia pollen is dark purple. Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
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    How many bees in a winter cluster?

    Nice :-) You're correct, bumblebees don't cluster, the Queens hibernate alone. I just like to put numbers in my blogs rather than some/most/all qualitative data. Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
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    How many bees in a winter cluster?

    No, that should be fine derek - thanks!
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    How many bees in a winter cluster?

    As the title suggests... do you know? Maybe it's as a proportion of the full colony. I'm sure someone sometime must have counted them... Background: I'm writing a blog about some differences between bumblebees and honeybees and I couldn't find an answer from a quick search. Grateful for info...
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    Help, what is this?

    Yes, also known as the hornet hoverfly as it does a very good impression of being a hornet. There seems to have been an emergence recently. I've noticed a few here and someone else sent me a pic a couple of weeks back. Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
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    First AS = derekm method...

    ... Well, sort of. At the first day in nearly a week with temps over 14deg i needed to do an artificial swarm on my one (strong) colony. I'd like to share my experiences here in the hope that other beginners may benefit. This was my first AS and as the queen was not marked, I chose to do a...
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    Capped drone cells. QCs how long?

    I've been holding off on doing my first inspection of the year until the weather was warm enough so this afternoon was the right time. I saw lots of capped brood on 4-5 frames and a bit of drone brood, but no drones or Queen cells (or play cups). They are on brood+a half, plenty of empty cells...
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    Why Washing soda?

    Or making soap the traditional (cold process) way. There's a tenuous link to beekeepering there if you want to use honey or beeswax in your home made soap. Thanks for the useful (and not to useful!) information. This forum does not disappoint on entertainment value! Sent from my D6503 using...
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