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  Topic: Underfloor wasp trap
johno

Replies: 11
Views: 997

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:46 pm   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
Johno, I wonder why wasps in your area are so out of balance and overrunning your apiary.
...
Lots of potential reasons I suppose..... but just interesting to speculate..... I can very much underst ...
  Topic: Underfloor wasp trap
johno

Replies: 11
Views: 997

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:34 pm   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
Since reading about this wasp trap here on Biobees, I've discovered that there is indeed a roughly similar type of commercial trap - it's called the ApiShield

Thanks for that info Colin. The ApiShi ...
  Topic: Underfloor wasp trap
johno

Replies: 11
Views: 997

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:32 pm   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
However: adult wasps prey on insects exclusively to feed their grubs and use their mandibles in this process. They don't eat insects themselves.
Hi Adriaan. Yes, I know that insects are the main sour ...
  Topic: Underfloor wasp trap
johno

Replies: 11
Views: 997

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:10 am   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
There was an article in this month's BBKA mag about a commercially available european wasp trap that functioned on similar principles.

I'm not in BBKA. Can you give me any further information about ...
  Topic: Underfloor wasp trap
johno

Replies: 11
Views: 997

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:01 am   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
An interesting and novel idea.
Thanks Very Happy

With regard to cleaning - perhaps the simplest method would be to make the trap similar to the 'Open-Backed Eke' I use underneath many of my National hives ...
  Topic: Yet another beevac design.
johno

Replies: 10
Views: 1811

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:02 am   Subject: Yet another beevac design.
Hi Andy.

The photobucket images in your post aren't showing up for me. Could you reupload them on imgur or another host. I built a beevac which works on a very similar principle to what you are des ...
  Topic: Underfloor wasp trap
johno

Replies: 11
Views: 997

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:22 am   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
Preamble

My bees have been hurt very badly by wasps over the last 2 years. I lost 2 good hives last autumn and 3 this autumn despite having dozens of bottle traps around my apiaries and proactively ...
  Topic: Gaps between follower board and floor
johno

Replies: 10
Views: 9599

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:22 pm   Subject: Gaps between follower board and floor
Firstly, I just want to confirm that the space behind the follower boards is bee tight. The topbars cover it tightly from end to end and the entrances are blocked with wine corks. However, I spent 20 ...
  Topic: Gaps between follower board and floor
johno

Replies: 10
Views: 9599

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:20 pm   Subject: Gaps between follower board and floor
This is a persistent problem with both of my hTBHs. The bottoms of the walls are not horizontal, and as a result the mesh stapled to them has a slight curve in it. It only curves up about 5-7mm from t ...
  Topic: Moving a hTBH without help
johno

Replies: 2
Views: 3918

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:08 pm   Subject: Moving a hTBH without help
I wanted to move my new 120cm hTBH a meter or 2 away from where the original nucleus hive had been sitting. Moving a full hive usually requires an assistant and I have nobody near me that is keen abou ...
  Topic: New experimental arched top bar design
johno

Replies: 47
Views: 52212

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:16 am   Subject: New experimental arched top bar design
Here's my take on the problem.

Get a 18mm sheet of 1220x2440 (8'x4') plywood.

Cut a strip of ply 8 feet long and the width you require for the top bars. For Phils design, the strip would be 432m ...
  Topic: catenary hive
johno

Replies: 21
Views: 35877

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:31 pm   Subject: catenary hive
Welcome to the forum.

I hope you stay around and post some pictures of those hives at some point.

johno
  Topic: Observation window design
johno

Replies: 9
Views: 10433

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:44 pm   Subject: Observation window design
Thanks Barbara,

The idea of using a wall sized sheet of perspex is very interesting. However I have some pieces of cracked glass that have been waiting for a purpose for far too long. I intend to g ...
  Topic: Observation window design
johno

Replies: 9
Views: 10433

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:03 pm   Subject: Observation window design
I have built a new 1.2m hTBH and I have 2 more in various stages of construction. I'd like to experiment with observation windows, but I'm kind of undecided about how to proceed.

Firstly, I don't k ...
  Topic: Bee poo
johno

Replies: 14
Views: 12743

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:26 pm   Subject: Bee poo
Thanks for trying, but that answer is no good to me.

Someone could use a similar line of reasoning to come to the conclusion that storm clouds are made of elephants.

johno
  Topic: Bee poo
johno

Replies: 14
Views: 12743

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:54 pm   Subject: Bee poo
I've got a related question. Do bee larvae poo? I know that the larvae of many insects poo a lot, especially caterpillars. I know that people on IV nutrition don't need to poo because their "food ...
  Topic: Meetup in Gormanston, Co Meath, Ireland
johno

Replies: 1
Views: 4210

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:04 am   Subject: Meetup in Gormanston, Co Meath, Ireland
Hi,

I'll be attending a couple of lectures by Tom Seeley at Gormanston on Thursday the 31st July. If anyone else from this forum is attending this conference, I'd be happy to meet up for a chat and ...
  Topic: 15 bar TBH
johno

Replies: 30
Views: 33551

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:04 pm   Subject: 15 bar TBH
Hi Val,

I see on the other forum you said you used cheap boiled linseed oil on your hive. I also used a coat of it on my first hive but then I covered it with 3 coats of raw linseed oil when I disc ...
  Topic: Moving from frames to top bars
johno

Replies: 7
Views: 8586

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:03 pm   Subject: Moving from frames to top bars
Thanks Dexter and Phil.

An assistant would have been very useful during this project, but I think if I can manage it alone with just 2 months experience, it should be no problem for anyone with mo ...
  Topic: Made the transfer....
johno

Replies: 6
Views: 6618

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:34 am   Subject: Made the transfer....
What kind of comb guides do you have on your bars? The only type I've tried so far are strips of triangular section wood glued and nailed to the bottom of the bar. I use a paintbrush to apply hot bees ...
  Topic: Transferring from a National frame NUC to a TBH
johno

Replies: 3
Views: 4742

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:10 am   Subject: Transferring from a National frame NUC to a TBH
I recently built my first hTBH and transferred comb from a national brood box to it. [url=http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16757]I documented the process in this thread. I will be transfer ...
  Topic: Moving from frames to top bars
johno

Replies: 7
Views: 8586

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 12:44 pm   Subject: Moving from frames to top bars
This is an update on the results of my experimental wire hangers for securing comb to topbars.

I did a very brief inspection a couple of weeks ago but nothing seemed to be happening and I was worri ...
  Topic: my out apiary
johno

Replies: 12
Views: 14482

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:15 pm   Subject: my out apiary
Nice vid. Wish I had a hands-free way to record stuff.

I noticed when you were closing up, you slide each frame back to it's original position individually. Each time a frame is pushed up against a ...
  Topic: Caught swarm into TBH
johno

Replies: 8
Views: 7062

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:59 pm   Subject: Caught swarm into TBH
Would this suggest the queen is not a virgin queen?

AFAIK, people do not mark princesses. Some people say that it reduces the chances of them being mated. Of course somebody could still mark a prin ...
  Topic: Syngenta appeal
johno

Replies: 6
Views: 5955

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:35 pm   Subject: Syngenta appeal
I can't sign this because I don't live in the UK. I'm blown away by the response though. I checked the signatures 15 minutes ago, and again just now, and there were 952 new signees, in 900 seconds!
...
  Topic: Misc. hive help
johno

Replies: 5
Views: 6999

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:06 pm   Subject: Re: Misc. hive help

The hive has an ecofloor, overcovered with varroa mesh, and a fully insulated overlapping roof.


I'd love to hear more about the ecofloor for the national hive. Do you have a link to a drawing t ...
  Topic: Just finished building my national hive.
johno

Replies: 6
Views: 8246

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:54 pm   Subject: Just finished building my national hive.
[url=http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/newhome.html]Dave Cushmans website has hundreds of drawings of parts for hives.

You can find the [url=http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/natdrawings.html]British N ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
johno

Replies: 86
Views: 115394

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:51 pm   Subject: Rose Hive method
I just want to quickly chime in here. I'm trying the Rose Hive method on my first hive. I didn't buy OSB boxes, I bought a national hive starter kit. I got a floor, roof, brood box and 2 supers. I use ...
  Topic: Cross comb across 5 bars
johno

Replies: 12
Views: 11784

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:07 pm   Subject: Cross comb across 5 bars
Hi Amber.

I suppose this post is too late to help you with your urgent problem, but it might be worth considering if your hive is still in bad shape. I recently split a hive and moved cut comb from ...
  Topic: Very busy drones...
johno

Replies: 14
Views: 13065

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:56 pm   Subject: Very busy drones...
Maybe flying is a nicer sensation than sitting in a dark box full of woman who are trying to do the housework Shocked

roflmao
 
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