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sean
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 18 3:44 pm    Post subject: We've got a tiny swarm  Reply with quote    

Living on our garden table.





buzzy



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 18 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Advance guard?

Today - thirty.

Tomorrow - thirty thousand.



Henry

joanne



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 18 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are they not just robber bees attracted to where the box was?

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 18 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Probably. But most of the box is still at the other end of the garden and they seem very keen on this bit.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 18 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

am i correct to think that in hot weather some move out as too many over strains the air con in the hive?

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that this can be "exiles" for the greater good or a young queen and half mum's staff to give her a good start?

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 18 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Very small number of bees to be a cast. See what they do over the next few days; if they start building comb under the table you know they mean to set up home. As there are so few, they need combining with another colony I would think, as that number are not going to be viable even with a young queen.

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