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What do you think of this? A very interesting hive design, could cause problems at extraction time!
Photo: Mariano Groucho Gomez
Now is the time of year when wasps search for sweet treats and this will continue well into September. Wasp attacks on our hives can be relentless, once they have identified a source of sweetness and the targeted colony is definitely in danger.. Weak colonies, or nucs, are most at risk.
Make sure you set up wasp traps and, most important, reduce hive entrances to one where only two bees can pass each other, as in the photo below. This will give your bees the best chance of defending their stores.
If the weather is hot, give extra ventilation above the crown board by keeping feeding holes open and by resting the roof on four matchsticks, each placed diagonally across the corners of the crown board.
Flowers for my bees?
Planning a garden? Re-planting? People often ask, ‘which flowers should I plant in my garden to provide food for the honey bees?’ A good question, now that the planting season is here! Here is a list to get you started!
The honey bee is in the middle photo. Did you know which one it was? Not everyone can tell the difference, so if you knew, then well done you!