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Bumblebee in my top bar hive

 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:38 pm    Post subject: Bumblebee in my top bar hive Reply with quote

So I have an interesting situation. At the weekend I bought a top bar nuc and bought it home in a nut box. I put it next to my TBH (with a eco floor) for them to settle down, hoping to move them in on Friday. But in the meantime a big queen bumblebee has tried to gazump them! I noticed her buzzing around yesterday and evicted her once and pointed her in the direction of an old plastic Bumblebee box I got years ago that has never been used. Thought she had got the idea, but saw her going into the hive entrance again today. I moved the top bars and saw her burrowing into the wood shavings I have in the deep floor, waited till she had gone and poked around with a stick and found one sell that looks finished. So what can I do? I'm wondering if I can move her and her beginnings of a nest over to one of the ends on the other side of a follower board and let her get on with it. Or should I try to move her somewhere else entirely? Maybe make another box that looks similar and fill it with the same wood shavings.

Has anyone else had the same thing happen?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a catatonic bumblebee in a hive just a few hours ago, along with two queen wasps.

I have seen a queen bumblebee force herself into the entrance of a busy hive and emerge again a few minutes later, apparently unharmed. I assumed she was visiting her cousins.

So far, I have not found a bumblebee actually attempting to nest in a hive, but I should think the honeybees will turf her out. Or maybe they will just let her stay - who knows?

PS - transporting bees in a nut box is not normal practice. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alas it seems my poking around yesterday upset the bumble enough to abandon her attempts at taking over the hive Sad
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