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House Bee

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Location: Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:47 am    Post subject: Bees in the roof Reply with quote

I have two colonies of wild/feral honey bees in my property and I have looked out for them for two years.. I say honey bees but they are about half the size of a normal honey bee. After they both swarmed in May I noticed that the workers of the smaller colony (behind the fascia of the bay window) were becoming fewer in number and eventually they disappeared. I began to investigate when I discovered honey dripping down through the ceiling. Outside I discovered a crowd of larger darker bees which I thought were cuckoo bees but now know were drones. One week on and (at the risk of being wrong again) I now seem to have a full size honey bee colony ! This presents a problem. They are at head height and they seem quite aggressive.

The second wild/feral colony (flat roof to the rear of the property) has a drama playing out. They have been outside in an agitated state a few times. Once, I was hearing a loud buzzing behind the fascia and a second time I found a dead larva on the ground outside. I hope that they are not being replaced also because I love my tiny bees. I wish I could look inside to see what's going on.

I will update when I can get some decent pictures

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House Bee

Joined: 26 Jul 2017
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Location: Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I now have no bees in the bay window roof. There was an explosion of activity but then gradually the bees became fewer in number. I think that they were all drones because I witnessed the blackbirds and sparrows picking them off. Also they did not swarm. They just seemed to drift away after the honey flow stopped. I also had about a lb. drip through the ceiling. I can't image why this colony collapsed like this, I don't know enough But I am going to spend the next few months learning more about bee keeping.

The flat roof bees seem to have calmed down, maybe the extra drones upset them. The hive is three years old so it must be getting quite big. If all goes well, I am plotting and planning how to catch next years swarm so that I can keep a better eye on them.

I have a few pictures on pinterest, but they are not very interesting
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