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  Topic: Ants

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:59 pm   Subject: Ants
I've looked at some of the past topics but want to reset the issue here. There is a colony of fire ants who will not leave one of my hives alone. They are constantly trying to build their mound onto t ...
  Topic: Cleaning out an old hive

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:51 pm   Subject: Cleaning out an old hive
A guy I know is moving and is giving me an old top bar that has been vacant for a couple of years. I'd like to start using it. What's the best way to clean it before introducing a new colony of bees?
  Topic: Black streaks/threads in the comb wax

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:51 am   Subject: Black streaks/threads in the comb wax
Had to do a single comb harvest. In breaking up the comb to crush out the honey, there were lots of black streaks/threads mingled throughout the wax. What is this? The ladies seem to be in excellent h ...
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Quality Top Bar Hives by Andrew Vidler

Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

There is a spectacular display of wild bee hotels here

More about bumblebees and solitary bees here

Information about the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

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