Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by A.K. » 11 Oct 2018, 10:34

Vespa velutina is still present.
I removed the empty movable frame.
Not many bees visible inside the hive.

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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by A.K. » 31 Oct 2018, 13:27

I added an insulating mat (Apifoam, 2cm thick, λ = 0.038 W/mK) under the metal roof.
I observed some forage activity at the hive entrance.

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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by A.K. » 20 Jan 2019, 15:51

The colony is dead.
Almost no dead bees, but some honey storage.
Symptoms very similar to colonies collapsed in Warré hives during last years.

There are wax particels on the hive floor.
The first comb (next to the hive front) has not been completed.
Combs are at some positions attached to the hive wall.
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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by A.K. » 16 Jun 2019, 16:34

In late may (may 24, 2019) I observed about 10 (scout?) bees at the hive entrance.
I was quite confident that this hive containing comb would attract a swarm.
However, 3 weeks later the hive is still empty.


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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by A.K. » 23 Jun 2019, 14:36

(Scout?) bees at the hive entrance.


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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by A.K. » 02 Jul 2019, 22:16

Bees are still in the hive. It is a hot day, the hive is shaded, no bearding but some forage activity.

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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by A.K. » 01 Aug 2019, 20:48

Bees are clustering outside the fully shaded in the late afternoon of a hot day at 36 °C.

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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by A.K. » 10 Aug 2019, 20:14

Forage activity is low, especially compared to hive 05 (viewtopic.php?f=16&t=31#p253).


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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by A.K. » 02 Sep 2019, 18:21

Close-up observation of the hive entrance.

Date: 01/09/2019
Time: 11:00 to 12:30
Conditions: mostly sunny day (22 °C max), hive entrance exposed to the sun.

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Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Post by A.K. » 11 Sep 2019, 22:26

Flight interval of leaving bees : 7 seconds
14:40-14:45 (5 minutes) : 44 bees left the hive, no Vespa velutina but several Vespa grabo nearby on the tree stem. No interference with the bees.

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