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Essexgary 

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Hi.. just about to finish thymol treatment and noticed that some of the bees have a white circular patch between their wings on their backs.. a bit like they have had their hair dyed blond in a circle! any ideas? is it from the Apiguard? I got a close up look at one, and its the hair that has changed colour, not pollen stuck to it or anything like that.
Thanks
Gary
 

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Himalayan Balsam (pollen)?
Oops - make mental note - read post fully before replying.... Doh!
 
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Himalayan Balsam (pollen)?
Oops - make mental note - read post fully before replying.... Doh!
No Moggs, you could be right... I just looked again. on the bee I can see up close, it looks like the hair is a different colour.. but could be pollen.. just wondered if there was anything else it could be.. I'd say 1 in 20 has it.
 

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I'll see your £5 and raise you £10!!

All proceeds to my favourite charity.

Ian
 

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No - they are getting old and grey and need some BeeGreecian 2000 - or Cherry Blossom boot polish or such like....bee-smillie
 

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not saying anymore in case SWMBO reads this... ;o)
could they be albeeno bees.....

I'll get my coat....!! :hurray:
 

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Phew - the jokes have given me comfort -i know you guys - if it was serious, you'd tell me..

Thanks! I will get the varnish out and start painting them brown again!

Gary
 

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Just off topic slightly.

What is the pollen that hangs off them like a sheet from each leg, extending half a bee length behind them?

Also white.
 

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