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  Topic: 1st Spring Jitters

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:03 am   Subject: 1st Spring Jitters
I've got Dr Mangum's book and he says to move everything back 2 bars and to put empty worker combs in front. He does mention that if you don't have worker comb then empty drone comb would work. If n ...
  Topic: 1st Spring Jitters

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:55 pm   Subject: 1st Spring Jitters
Hi Jennifer,

You're not alone with these questions. This is my first spring as well.
I'm in much the same boat. Daytime temps ranging from 50-70 with nighttime temps near 32.

I'd love to see ...
  Topic: experiment: condensation quilt and roof

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:35 am   Subject: Update?

Wonder how it works at wintertime, when the bees cluster and do not have any more brood.

I am a new beek, or can I even be called that yet since I don't actually have bees yet? I have ...
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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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