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  Topic: Wild bees of Guernsey
tai haku

Replies: 9
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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:49 pm   Subject: Wild bees of Guernsey
A few more....
hairy-footed flower bee, Anthophora plumipes
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  Topic: Modular Horizontal hive
tai haku

Replies: 9
Views: 3230

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:21 am   Subject: Modular Horizontal hive
In the end, I see this more as a novelty because the cost would be prohibitive for many hives. And like I said before, I can't see putting this thing back together with thousands of bees squirming all ...
  Topic: Multi cluster mega swarm confusion - please advise!
tai haku

Replies: 7
Views: 3153

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:03 pm   Subject: Multi cluster mega swarm confusion - please advise!
Thanks Barbara - I figured based on the timing it should be a second cast but we saw absolutely no build up on this one. Admittedly were out for a little while but nothing like yesterday.

I'd hear ...
  Topic: Multi cluster mega swarm confusion - please advise!
tai haku

Replies: 7
Views: 3153

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 4:05 pm   Subject: Multi cluster mega swarm confusion - please advise!
A second swarm landed in the same branch today. Definitely not the first swarm absconding and I'm not convinced they are from my hive. The first swarm seems happily settled for now. Remarkable how it ...
  Topic: Multi cluster mega swarm confusion - please advise!
tai haku

Replies: 7
Views: 3153

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:54 pm   Subject: Multi cluster mega swarm confusion - please advise!
Further update: box 3 is now empty also - evidently I got the queen with the first big cluster ans the two ancillary clusters were just hanging out separately for some reason. Makes it a really nice ...
  Topic: Multi cluster mega swarm confusion - please advise!
tai haku

Replies: 7
Views: 3153

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:01 pm   Subject: Multi cluster mega swarm confusion - please advise!
Thanks Barbara - box 2 is now empty and box 1 is filling up. Box 3 has an eggbox sized cluster in it which is holding steady - It is pretty inconvenient where they are so I will have no choice but to ...
  Topic: Multi cluster mega swarm confusion - please advise!
tai haku

Replies: 7
Views: 3153

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:36 pm   Subject: Re: Multi cluster mega swarm confusion - please advise!
Update - everything is leaving baitbox 2. Lots of bees in the air(!) but they seem to be congregating around box 1.

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  Topic: Multi cluster mega swarm confusion - please advise!
tai haku

Replies: 7
Views: 3153

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:17 pm   Subject: Multi cluster mega swarm confusion - please advise!
A few weeks ago I did a walkaway split on one of my nationals. It was on brood and a half (with supers on top) so I took the super with the queen as the walkaway part of the split. I left the broodbo ...
  Topic: Wild bees of Guernsey
tai haku

Replies: 9
Views: 5095

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 11:47 am   Subject: Wild bees of Guernsey
and our bumbles....
Bumbles are weird here compared to the UK:

Our buff-tailed bumblebees look like white-tailed bumble bees. This is Bombus terrestris terrestris, a different subspecies to the UK ...
  Topic: Wild bees of Guernsey
tai haku

Replies: 9
Views: 5095

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 7:03 pm   Subject: Wild bees of Guernsey
Beautiful images.
Smile

Thanks!
  Topic: Wild bees of Guernsey
tai haku

Replies: 9
Views: 5095

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 7:03 pm   Subject: Wild bees of Guernsey
there are a few genera I've only found one species of in the garden so far. Apis is one obviously.....
Red Mason Bee, Osmia bicornis. We have some mason bee boxes up but they ain't using them Rolling Eyes ...
  Topic: Wild bees of Guernsey
tai haku

Replies: 9
Views: 5095

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 6:47 pm   Subject: Wild bees of Guernsey
So since I posted pictures of our Colletes colony I've received the wonderful Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland and have been working on identifying some of the bees we have in our ...
  Topic: Ivy Bees (colletes hederae)
tai haku

Replies: 4
Views: 2994

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:32 pm   Subject: Ivy Bees (colletes hederae)
Are these current?
Ivy bees emerge very late to coincide with the Ivy flowers which is how they get their name.

nope - last year's. I only just remembered I had the shots to share.
  Topic: Ivy Bees (colletes hederae)
tai haku

Replies: 4
Views: 2994

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:08 am   Subject: Ivy Bees (colletes hederae)
As this subforum seems rather quiet I thought I'd share some photos and video of our colony of ivy bees. They live in holes in a bank on our driveway and emerge rather spectacularly for a few weeks a ...
  Topic: Sealing inside a hTBH
tai haku

Replies: 13
Views: 5371

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:03 am   Subject: shellac?
assuming one does shellac and as someone who'd never investigated shellac before reading "making a tbh" is this stuff suitable for our purposes:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Super-Blonde-Dewax ...
  Topic: Bait hive matching TBH?
tai haku

Replies: 20
Views: 10799

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:09 pm   Subject: Bait hive matching TBH?
Insulation will help keep temps stable, but more importantly, stop the top-bars getting too hot and softening the new comb allowing it to break. White will help reflect heat and may be enough dependin ...
  Topic: Bait hive matching TBH?
tai haku

Replies: 20
Views: 10799

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:23 pm   Subject: Bait hive matching TBH?
Thanks both - these comments are really helpful.

Couple of comments, hopefully constructive!
If you don't trim those entrance closers, it looks like they'll open when you put the box down (in the ...
  Topic: Bait hive matching TBH?
tai haku

Replies: 20
Views: 10799

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:53 am   Subject: finally finished them
finally finished my 3 bait hives/nucs yesterday. Not the squarest or most beautiful carpentry but I'm really pleased with how snug and neatly 12 bars fit in each one.

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  Topic: Bait hive matching TBH?
tai haku

Replies: 20
Views: 10799

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:52 am   Subject: Bait hive matching TBH?
Hi tai haku.
Good to see you over here.
Volume is more important than dimensions but it makes sense to make your bait hives the same bar length & cross section as your hives in my humble opinion ...
  Topic: Bait hive matching TBH?
tai haku

Replies: 20
Views: 10799

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:20 pm   Subject: Bait hive matching TBH?
Hi Phil, I see our posts overlapped. I actually have a 9 bar box that is in it's third year with dark bees as most of mine are and they happily overwinter in that size with no problems at all and no s ...
  Topic: Bait hive matching TBH?
tai haku

Replies: 20
Views: 10799

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:12 pm   Subject: Bait hive matching TBH?
[quote="biobee"]I make my bait hives 18" (460mm) long, to take 12 x 1 1/2" bars (12 x 38mm) and they are reliable swarm attractors. [quote]

Thank you -I'll ask a stupid newb que ...
  Topic: Bait hive matching TBH?
tai haku

Replies: 20
Views: 10799

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:33 am   Subject: Bait hive matching TBH?
Hi all,
I'm planning to build a top bar hive and a few bait hives this weekend (and over the next month or so with my usual slow diy progress); there are a couple of apiaries not too too far from my ...
  Topic: Feeding
tai haku

Replies: 8
Views: 4810

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:16 am   Subject: Feeding
thanks for that - I'm using up some pre-prepared fondant I bought from one of the leading suppliers when I first started but can't see the value in paying that amount for it when I now know it's so ea ...
 
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