Category Archives: Bee Hives

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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Warre Hive Problem

Hi With all the wet weather, one of my hive boxes seems to be warping a bit. It just so happens it is the top one containing the colony! As a result, there are now gaps above and below the … Continue reading

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Condensation inside the Warre hive

Hi I have noticed that there seems to be a fair amount of condensation on the viewing window within the top box,  in which the hive is current building their comb. The bees have been in place for about 3-4 … Continue reading

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Am I disturbing the hive?

While I am not looking to open my hive at all, I am keeping a regular eye on things through the observation window(s).  Whilst it obviously lets light in, is too frequent opening and closing of the obs window considered a … Continue reading

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New Swarm – is all ok?

I got my new swarm hived on Sunday.  Since then, the bees have been taking time to settle in with increasing amounts of foraging trips by some of the scouts, which all seems like really good news to me. However, … Continue reading

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