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Wild bees and cuckoos

 
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arewethereyet
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:09 pm    Post subject: Wild bees and cuckoos Reply with quote

As stated in my introduction thread, my two wild colonies have been invaded by parasitic bees and I'm pretty upset about it. I was going to post some pictures here but I can't see how to. If someone can let me know I will be back later

Thanks......Kristina

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks to Barbara and catchercradle for pointing out that I have drones and not cuckoos Embarassed

I think that I have solved the mystery and will start another thread.

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