Monthly Archives: July 2014

SOME YOU LOSE, SOME YOU WIN!

I went down to Litton to check on my TBH there.  A month ago, after being so prosperous that they cast 2 swarms and yet had plenty of stores, they were somehow queenless.  Maybe a swallow had snapped up the … Continue reading

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ARE WE BEING HYPNOTISED?

Yesterday I had a call from a farmer, half a mile up the road.  He has bees in his hay barn.  I went along to see and was able to identify them from the chart I brought with me as … Continue reading

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FORMICKING

Last time I checked my hive on organic Frogmore Farm at Toller Porcorum I noted that the brood was spotty, there was lots of bald brood and one or two bees showing signs of Deformed Wing Virus.  I treated them … Continue reading

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DARG DAYS

Today was meant to be a DARG (Devon Apicultural Research Group) seminar to be held at Kenton Victory Hall, near Execeter, but it was cancelled because too few people booked tickets in advance, so a ‘normal’ DARG meeting was held … Continue reading

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PORTLAND: WEIRD BUT FRIENDLY

Today I headed for the Island; first to the Community Gardens (allotments) where I look after an apiary that has, for a while, been beeless.  However, the last time I passed by I saw that bees were entering the top … Continue reading

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2 QUEENS IN A HIVE: A WEIGHTY DECISION!

A few weeks ago I split the hive on my allotment, putting the queen downstairs on the comb she was on, plus old frames with a footprint of comb round the edge to guide comb building. On went some supers, … Continue reading

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