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oxnatbees 

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Cool!

Warre hives have a peaked sunshield roof with a gap below, people have occasionally found bird nests and roosting bats there.
 

Jimmy 

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I've had one apiary which for a couple of winters seemed to be a ladybird sanctuary. Infested from late October, all gone by early April.
 

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Nothing as exotic as the above....

Slugs... mainly leopard slugs that are really good garden hunters... I don't like them much but they don't seem to do any harm and they are not in the hive and don't eat my plants. I assume they are attracted to the warmth... and probably feed off whatever feeds off the debris under the hive .... they look well fed !
 

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Mice, slugs, earwigs (so called because their hind wings when opened resembled ears, wig being old english for insect),woodlice, ants, moths, queen wasps............................................
 

Moobee 

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Nothing as exotic as the above....

Slugs... mainly leopard slugs that are really good garden hunters... I don't like them much but they don't seem to do any harm and they are not in the hive and don't eat my plants. I assume they are attracted to the warmth... and probably feed off whatever feeds off the debris under the hive .... they look well fed !
Just watched Gardeners’ World - leopard slugs only eat decaying vegetation and are very territorial apparently, killing other slugs that dare to come near!
 

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Big spiders with triangular shaped bodies.
 

rolande 

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Often find lizards under the roofs at certain apiaries, I posted a short video of one on another thread yesterday.

Also know for sure that we have had at least one lizard *in* a hive.
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Swn58 

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Last year at the farm I had a few mice causing trouble. This year I think that they spread the word, as I have had all manner of problems! They seem to like nibbling the poly hives, if they are too low to the ground. I also had a couple of empty, nucs almost destroyed along with a Paradise floor and an Abelo crown-board that had fallen off a bench. There has also been a wax moth problem, which I have never experienced before.
 

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found this little one in an empty bait hive during the summer a few years ago. I've seen its larger relatives at approaching a meter in length and more than once have them slither next to and / or over my boots during a hive inspection
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