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Foraging Bee

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Location: UK, Kent, High Weald

PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:54 pm    Post subject: Sawmill ferals Reply with quote

Picked up some wood from the sawmill I use today and they showed me the cut out they'd just done from a large elm log waiting to get milled.

I can't imagine the cavity was more than 20 litres, and I really can't imagine how the combs survived the tree being felled. The elm must have been about 3 feet in diameter and would have come down hard. Perhaps the combs were built after the tree was down, but what's left of the comb looks to my eyes at least like it hung from what would have been the top.

There didn't look to be any yellow colouring in these ferals, really dark. I was jealous.


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Scout Bee

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Location: Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice catch. Its amazing just how tough those little beasts are.

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