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  Topic: Swarm offered in Surrey, UK

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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:50 pm   Subject: Swarm offered in Surrey, UK
Bees have been homed, thank you.
  Topic: How to recognize varroa mites?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:19 pm   Subject: How to recognize varroa mites?
I find Varroa mites reasonably easy to spot. But it does depend on how good your eyesight is. Spotting them on bees is harder.

If you place a piece of white (preferably sticky) paper in the bottom ...
  Topic: Swarm offered in Surrey, UK

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PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:51 pm   Subject: Swarm offered in Surrey, UK
Hi, I have a swarm tucked up in my wooden swarm box for offer.

They came from my own hive, good bees, have been no problem in the past. I caught (or boxed?) them on Saturday (4th).

If you have ...
  Topic: Uk, Surrey, Guildford - first bees arriving Friday!

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:53 pm   Subject: Uk, Surrey, Guildford - first bees arriving Friday!

If you want me to have a look I'd be happy to come over some time.

PM me.


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