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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

SHB on a rampage

You can see in the photo below the numbers of dead SHBs in one of my Sonny/Mel traps. This trap came out of the dwindled and gone hive, Proteus.

Because of the dearth and the terrible weather conditions, I decided to feed my remaining two hives. I put a boardman feeder (since that's the only feeder I own right now) into a box in each of the two hives.
Note: Look at the numbers of SHBs on the walls of this hive. There were also plenty in the traps.

I hope these hives have queens. I am leaving for Labor Day weekend and won't be able to check until next week some time.

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  1. Ouch, that is alot of beetles. I have a hive that was queenless for a little while and it seems that the beetles from my small hive moved over to that hive. I need to move my west trap and add the sandwich trap to this queenless hive. I think I saw a queen that was not yet mated. Hopefully...

  2. I dont know if you have seen this, but it seems they may have found why the bees are disappearing ... http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=E0E0362F-E7F2-99DF-3F4F781839D6C879&ref=rss


  3. Linda,
    I am just starting to get some equipment now to "Bee" ready next spring to start this new adventure. I've been reading all your archives and they have been very useful for me.
    Thank you for the continued updates, it will save me some of the mistakes I would otherwise surely make!


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