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  Topic: Asian Hornet News Update
catchercradle

Replies: 6
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PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:19 am   Subject: Asian Hornet News Update
I might set up some monitoring traps too. If I find a nest, I am guessing that the method I occasionally use for wasps of covering them with a large pile of grass clippings that will heat up as they r ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet News Update
catchercradle

Replies: 6
Views: 458

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:16 pm   Subject: Asian Hornet News Update
Thanks for this,

I must admit I suspect that long term we are going to have to learn to live with the Asian Hornet, the only thing that isn't clear yet is whether it will establish itself before or ...
  Topic: feeding bees too much?
catchercradle

Replies: 8
Views: 841

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:24 pm   Subject: feeding bees too much?
I don't feed my bees except in emergency but I don't know your part of the world. For me the only problem with overfeeding is if you make them run out of room when the queen is in lay as this might st ...
  Topic: Dead bees and weird larvae
catchercradle

Replies: 1
Views: 569

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:48 pm   Subject: Dead bees and weird larvae
Difficult to be sure without having seen them and without local knowledge. The dead bees could be the boys being kicked out before winter!

Dave
  Topic: beegym
catchercradle

Replies: 1
Views: 324

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:33 pm   Subject: beegym
I don't know how effective it is but I see no reason why it shouldn't work. I spoke with one of the researchers who was trailing it in the hives at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens. I wasn't eligi ...
  Topic: Semi-messy removal from old abandoned couch
catchercradle

Replies: 12
Views: 867

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:47 am   Subject: Semi-messy removal from old abandoned couch
Nice. Only ever done one cut out..

-What would happen if you accidentally spray the queen with honeybee-gone

My guess is that the queen did go in. Never used honeybegone myself. If by any chan ...
  Topic: Honey Flow Hive
catchercradle

Replies: 25
Views: 39257

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:14 am   Subject: Honey Flow Hive
Last two posts certainly tell me I have made the right decision in not being an early adopter.

Interesting comparing seasons also. I think I have had my best season ever with a very strong flow fr ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
catchercradle

Replies: 56
Views: 15007

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:02 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Certainly, there are more of them around. When Bee inspector came to see my apiary the other week, he said seasonal bee inspectors were now working an extra two weeks into the autumn because of them a ...
  Topic: Varroa treatment.
catchercradle

Replies: 8
Views: 5997

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:37 pm   Subject: Varroa treatment.
I haven't treated now for several years but one of my colonies does have quite a high load, though the Bee Inspector who came because of EFB within 3Km has seen a lot worse. I may treat at some point ...
  Topic: willow weaving course - Garden Bee
catchercradle

Replies: 4
Views: 552

PostForum: Balanced Beekeeping events and training   Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:06 am   Subject: willow weaving course - Garden Bee
Or you could make a willow skep for your bees!
  Topic: TopBarHiveProgress is looking good.
catchercradle

Replies: 2
Views: 380

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:20 pm   Subject: TopBarHiveProgress is looking good.
Mine too Barbara. And I had already left them plenty for the winter so I have little doubt I will be able to take some honey in the spring, probably an average of one super per hive for my nationals a ...
  Topic: Trumpington Allotments (Cambridge) update.
catchercradle

Replies: 6
Views: 6359

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:38 pm   Subject: Trumpington Allotments (Cambridge) update.
Yes, my plan hadn't been to open up till spring and do some sorting out of minor niggles then. As it is, I am clearer about what I need to do in spring. I know some people stay off bee base to avoid i ...
  Topic: Trumpington Allotments (Cambridge) update.
catchercradle

Replies: 6
Views: 6359

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:33 pm   Subject: Another vist from the Bee Inspector.
Bee Inspector came again yesterday. - EFB had been found within 3Km on another inspection which surprised the inspector as it is rare in our bit of Cambridgeshire. (Much more common in North Cambridge ...
  Topic: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa? Other organic?
catchercradle

Replies: 5
Views: 608

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:35 pm   Subject: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa? Other organic?
Thymol and oxalic acid treatments are conventional and totally organic. And they work.

In my book thymol and oxalic acid chemically produced from oil do not count as organic. Neither does most cre ...
  Topic: Can bees survive the winter on rape honey?
catchercradle

Replies: 2
Views: 565

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:19 am   Subject: Can bees survive the winter on rape honey?
HI,
I don't see why they shouldn't survive on Rape Seed Honey. Mine often over winter on Ivy which sets much harder. I haven't fed mine for about 5 years now and I have had the odd loss due to new q ...
  Topic: Undecided
catchercradle

Replies: 4
Views: 814

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:38 pm   Subject: Undecided
Hi, I also haven't treated for quite a few years. Doesn't mean I will never treat however.

Apigard treatment makes use of the fact that the bees hate it as they spread it around the hive in their ...
  Topic: ApiGard
catchercradle

Replies: 1
Views: 470

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:36 pm   Subject: ApiGard
If I were to use it, I would put it on top of the second box assuming there is brood in it. An eke to give the bees room to access it easily is often used.

I don't know the answer to this but do th ...
  Topic: Wild bees of Guernsey
catchercradle

Replies: 9
Views: 5416

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:04 pm   Subject: Wild bees of Guernsey
Love all the images,


Our buff-tailed bumblebees look like white-tailed bumble bees.

The workers and males look virtually identical between the two species. Only the queens are identifiable at ...
  Topic: varroa-mite treatment
catchercradle

Replies: 10
Views: 1510

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:09 pm   Subject: varroa-mite treatment
I feel, I am out of date with all the treatment regimes, having not treated for several years now despite the bee inspector's telling a fellow beek that a hive had a heavy infestation. They did treat ...
  Topic: Black Comb
catchercradle

Replies: 3
Views: 691

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:28 am   Subject: Black Comb
The one caveat about keeping black comb would be in areas such as mine where in the monocrop deserts of East Anglia there is a lot of pesticide use and pesticides do build up in the wax.

I still c ...
  Topic: Moving a TBH
catchercradle

Replies: 2
Views: 1702

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:03 am   Subject: Moving a TBH
How high is the fence? If the hive is right next to it, the bees will fly away from the fence a bit on their way up so many will likely be above the height of the action. This makes some observation ...
  Topic: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
catchercradle

Replies: 7
Views: 1106

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:25 am   Subject: Bees hatching with crumpled wings - is this a sign of varoa?
Is there anyone close by with more experience who can take a look?

My instinct is that if the vast majority of bees are hatching normally, there is nothing to worry about. If it is a significant p ...
  Topic: Tiny Bee... Stingless?
catchercradle

Replies: 4
Views: 768

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:05 am   Subject: Tiny Bee... Stingless?
We have over 200 species of solitary bee in the UK. With a few exceptions the only ways of identifying them for certain are dna testing (don't know if database is complete on this) or using a key an ...
  Topic: Give them room
catchercradle

Replies: 1
Views: 703

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:07 am   Subject: Give them room
Yep, though I am putting off opening my hives as fancy dress in temps of 30C+ isn't the most pleasant. - Might end up going in at 5 tomorrow morning.
  Topic: Bumble
catchercradle

Replies: 5
Views: 1024

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:23 pm   Subject: Bumble
I know some worry about this but I have seen no evidence of it being a problem. Loss of habitat on the other hand is a major problem for all sorts of bees. The long tongued bumblebees get a lot of the ...
  Topic: Swarm Prevention Management Question
catchercradle

Replies: 5
Views: 1399

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:01 am   Subject: Swarm Prevention Management Question
Some colonies will swarm every year unless you do a split or something to make them think they have swarmed. (I don't do any swarm control these days)

I would be tempted to just give them space out ...
  Topic: TB hived swarms available
catchercradle

Replies: 2
Views: 700

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:07 am   Subject: TB hived swarms available
Hi John,

great to have someone else on board with the experience to help new people.

Strangely, this year, I have only been called out to one swarm if you don't count the two a weekend I was awa ...
  Topic: bees and weather help please asap
catchercradle

Replies: 10
Views: 1346

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:11 pm   Subject: bees and weather help please asap
I would agree that wind is not ideal for harvesting honey. I had planned to take some myself today but on feeling the wind decided to do some other work on the allotment instead.
  Topic: New swarm advice needed
catchercradle

Replies: 5
Views: 1360

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:08 pm   Subject: New swarm advice needed
I would wait at least another week. I would be surprised if they are not building comb in there and suspect you might be able to detect that from the observation window in another week to ten days tim ...
  Topic: Suspect queenlees hive
catchercradle

Replies: 18
Views: 2304

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 7:11 pm   Subject: Suspect queenlees hive
Why can't they all be like that, you jammy so and so!

Really jammy is when you don't need the step ladder to get them. About three years ago I got one like that and it was quite cold when I picked ...
 
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