World Bee Day - Today - May 20

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Phil Stob

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May 21, 2024, 12:32:05 AMMay 21
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It is officially the world Bee Day.   Hope you had a chance to say hi to your bees. 
Is a swarm caught today a lucky swarm?

Cheers, Phil 

Paula Breen

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May 21, 2024, 12:36:35 AMMay 21
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Had a gorgeous bait hive move in to celebrate!

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sandy fong

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May 21, 2024, 12:41:46 AMMay 21
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My Bees happy !I am happy! 
❤️Happy World Bees Day 🐝🐝🐝

Sandy

Gerald Przybylski

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May 21, 2024, 12:46:01 AMMay 21
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The bees kinda took the day off today.
A bumblebee call to the swarm line, and a small clump of bees on a milk
crate that might be stragglers from a swarm.
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Wayne Fischer

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May 21, 2024, 10:09:41 AMMay 21
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In honor of World Bee Day I began a 72 hour confinement ( 3 day holiday ) in hopes of moving the hive about 50 feet.   Interested if anyone has tried the confinement method before moving and if they should be ok in the shade.   The forecasted high temp is 79 degrees today in Fremont.   I gave them some pollen since there's alot of brood in this hive and they won't be able to forage.

Thanks, Wayne

Paula Breen

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May 21, 2024, 10:13:18 AMMay 21
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They have lots of ventilation I hope? 

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Mimi

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May 21, 2024, 10:35:30 AMMay 21
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I would close them up (only 1- 2 days) before moving.  And if I confine them, I don’t need to move only 50 ft - I can move them anywhere in my yard.  I always leave a catch box in previous location just in case.  Other than confinement, changing direction of opening also encourages them to geo-locate.  

Since it’s only the foragers that the hive leaves behind, I move any mating split and leave the foragers at the original location.  

Mimi 

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Wayne Fischer

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May 21, 2024, 12:41:45 PMMay 21
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Regarding ventilation the full entrance is open with a screen.  Thanks Wayne

Joan Houston

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May 21, 2024, 2:56:16 PMMay 21
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My daughter and I have been touring gardens in southeast England for the past fortnight celebrating Mothers Day, World Bee Day, and her birthday. We've visited National Trust properties, Heritage estates, and some outstanding private manors.
I was lucky enough to spend time inspecting hives at a teaching apiary in Aldingbourne with a member of the Chichester bee association while in West Sussex, a lovely gentleman who brought sausage rolls to share and regaled me with tales from his time commandeering a regiment in the Falklands. We inspected a hive, fed one, and checked on a split. I was also able to privately view some of the hives kept at the castles and estates we visited thanks to the kindness of their head gardeners. I got a real education in bumblebees and horticulture, and learned a bit about British Standard hive configurations.
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Regarding ventilation the full entrance is open with a screen.  Thanks Wayne

Robert L Mathews

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May 21, 2024, 3:04:50 PMMay 21
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Nice pictures, Joan, thanks!

When I was in England last year, I thought there were far more bumblebees and other native bees visible than there are in the Bay Area. Is that what you've seen?


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My daughter and I have been touring gardens in southeast England for the past fortnight celebrating Mothers Day, World Bee Day, and her birthday. We've visited National Trust properties, Heritage estates, and some outstanding private manors.
I was lucky enough to spend time inspecting hives at a teaching apiary in Aldingbourne with a member of the Chichester bee association while in West Sussex, a lovely gentleman who brought sausage rolls to share and regaled me with tales from his time commandeering a regiment in the Falklands. We inspected a hive, fed one, and checked on a split. I was also able to privately view some of the hives kept at the castles and estates we visited thanks to the kindness of their head gardeners. I got a real education in bumblebees and horticulture, and learned a bit about British Standard hive configurations.
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Joan Houston

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May 21, 2024, 3:45:56 PMMay 21
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Yes, many flowers were smothered with bumblebees. There are 24 types in the UK and we were able to identify a good number of them.

Mimi Edwards

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May 21, 2024, 4:31:45 PMMay 21
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Bee Adventures with Joan - lmk when you're taking your next bee trip.  Love to tag along.  Mimi

Wayne Fischer

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May 27, 2024, 1:40:46 PMMay 27
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Update on hive move.   My first attempt was foiled when the bees found a way out of confinement after 4 hours.  I moved hive back and left them alone for two days.

On the second attempt I made sure there was no escape.   This morning I released the bees in the new location.   I would estimate about 2-3 cups of bees have flown back to the old spot.   I've been catching them in a catch box and moving them to the new location a few times.   Seems to trigger lots of fanning.   I think this is a success assuming they don't all leave later after being locked up for 3 days.

Wayne
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