- Jan 1, 2018
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- 40 plus 19 that I maintain for clients.
I used similar tags last year. Was great until sheep came. They seem to love chewing those...
I use it because it proports to be more 'environmentally friendly.' In over ten years I've always had varroa in colonies, so assume they are there all the time. I apply it in early Spring and re-apply it after seven days. It usually does the trick and takes out most of the little devils. I go through the whole process again, usually around Oct/Nov, to set things up for the winter.Sounds you had a busy day. How long do you put the Apilife Var treatment on for - not used that one before? What criteria do you use when deciding whether to put it on? Interested as I have just one hive I’m concerned about, but waiting for the next warm spell before doing a sugar shake & deciding what to do...
This isn’t SHB.I felt I had to add some space under two of my full OMF BN colonies on Tuesday (a really warm day here in mid-Wales) and removed the two existing first attempts to cobble together two ordinary OMFs into the JBM take on under floor entrances and replaced with new UNE floors. This is how the old floors came off. I was expecting to see dead bees and lots of detritus but both seemed perfectly clean. I then very quickly swapped two six frame nucs (all six frames crammed with bees and brood) into two separate BBs and used these floors under them.
BUT - - - just looking at the picture a moment ago and I first noticed - A HIVE BEETLE! Except my wife told me it was just a beetle on the hive. It's on the frame on the right hand side of the pic. After my blind panic it does look like a ground beetle. Any thoughts? View attachment 25181
How can you tell she died?Finally managed today to peek into couple of the hives ( first time this season). Brood from 4-7. One colony has only sealed worker brod and 4-5 unsealed qcells. Queen somehow managed so far and sadlly died.. drones are present in the hives, not much drone brood for now. I think there is 1-2 frames of brood less than usual for this time. Will see the rest what is situation.. The wild cherry opened and fresh nectar pouring into hives.. when shake the frame it is dripping.. But, cold spell is making big comeback in future days, even some snow they predict.. ehh.. " happy days".. View attachment 25182
Not a bog standard beetle! A Welsh bog standard beetle, completely different thing Thank you @jenkinsbrynmair and thanks too to @GuyNir and @Newbeeneil it probably just crawled on after I'd put the floor to one side. Isn't it lovely to hear the bees again!a beetle, just an ordinary bog standard beetle.
Haven't seen any sign to date, though I haven't gone right through that hive yet - she is in a well insulated (wood and 80mm kingspan sandwich) long deep hive - just realised I said she was green dot in fact she is from summer 2020 so BLUE dot.Do you find his queens Chalky at all?