Monthly Archives: June 2012

Stuck Warre

My Warre colony won’t move down into the second box and are completely jammed up in the top one.  I remember reading that in fact it was better to align the bars narrow side vertical, but that was after I … Continue reading

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Kamikaze bees – why does the swarm commit suicide?

I today witnessed the most bizarre sight of a swarm apparently committing suicide which I have neither witnessed before or heard of – does anyone know what was going on? See this video & full story below: I collected a … Continue reading

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no comb?

my third attempt to establish bees in my topbar hive seems to have been successful in that 10 days later they are still there and, when the sun shines, are busy coming and going looking very purposeful.  So today, in … Continue reading

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Brixton Warre colony

I have enjoyed reading all your blogs over the last few weeks, and would like to report from my central London apiary. I collected a nuc from near Ipswich on Sunday and put it in my tiny garden, unbeknown to … Continue reading

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Warre Queens out & about

Our “swarmy” Warre produced a large Prime swarm a few weeks ago & since then seems to be very quiet worker wise although there still seems to be  plenty left inside.  It has a huge amount of Drones flying out daily … Continue reading

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Warre Update

After more seemingly unrelenting weather, and very few bees appearing to be bringing in any pollen, I decided to feed on Wednesday using 500 ml of a 1:1 syrup solution in a bowl placed in the bottom of the hive. … Continue reading

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first catch your bees – plan c

Once again I have bees in my hive – a gentle, peace-able swarm delivered by the swarm officer last night.  I have named the queen Bertha following the advice of my son (that way she’ll know she belongs and will … Continue reading

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