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    Just for the Bee enthusiasts .
    I find all this so interesting, but as said was brought up amongst the Bees on our Farm,
    Loved every day of it!

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    When my son was about 5yrs he and his mate were climbing a tree in our back garden, they were like monkeys those two.
    Unfortunately neither they or I knew there was a bee swarm up in the top branches!
    Friend's head made contact first so you can guess the rapid events after!!
    Two sweeling boys high tailing it down the tree and charging inside followed by most of these angry bees before I had time to shut the door.
    Lots of running around the house and opening other doors to let these bees make their own escape.
    A bit of a worry at first as I didn't know if the friend had any allergies to bee stings.
    Luckily it was just a matter of lots of stings and two sorry boys.
    Had to call a man to remove the swarm.
    They only swarm when they are moving their premises don't they??
    Didn't stop the lads... back up the tree a few days later right as rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Nicholson View Post
    The worker bee, being female, has an ovipositer. We were moving hives from lowlands to the heather uplands and had stopped for several ales on the way; so everyone was most relaxed about the accident.


    Th at dance you did sounds a bit like Morris dancing, prancing about and waving their arms around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Victoria Moss View Post
    When my son was about 5yrs he and his mate were climbing a tree in our back garden, they were like monkeys those two.

    They only swarm when they are moving their premises don't they??
    Didn't stop the lads... back up the tree a few days later right as rain.
    Lucky lads Victoria, my understanding is bees only swarm when there is a new Queen in the Hive, I think the old Queen is evicted but her man friends follow her out of the hive. Could be the other way around that the new Queen is given the elbow and all those young guys join her??? You cannot have two Queens in a hive.
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    A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay.
    A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon.
    So goes the old saying.
    Keeping bees is a complex job. In summer, if the hive becomes overpopulated the workers feed 'queen jelly' to female larva so as to produce fertile queens instead of infertile females which are sexually immature and so become workers. The queen hunts out competitors and if she finds these pupa she will tear down the cell and kill them. Hence, the workers keep her away from them. When these new queens hatch, the workers persuade the old lady to leave and about half the workers go with her and guide the swarm to their new home - a hollow tree or empty hive. The new queens leave one by one, taking more fractions of the colony with them. The hive can be left with one new queen and a few workers. The hive is now weakened and makes no surplus for the beekeeper that year. So the beekeeper's main summer task is to manage all this, so that he gathers all the swarms and puts them into empty hives. Swarming bees have full bellys (they need to take honey with them while they build anew) and like a man with a full belly, they are not inclined to fight. Swarming bees will only sting if they are under attack. In all my time gathering swarms I've never been stung.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis McColl View Post
    Lucky lads Victoria, my understanding is bees only swarm when there is a new Queen in the Hive, I think the old Queen is evicted but her man friends follow her out of the hive. Could be the other way around that the new Queen is given the elbow and all those young guys join her??? You cannot have two Queens in a hive.
    Two queens in one hive.
    Mate if you had sailed with UCL you would have had dozens of queens in the hive. LOL
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    #35 Thanks for that info Harry. You certainly seem to be well informed.
    The guy next door had a small hive that he slung under his eaves and that was great for our garden,
    Unfortunately he moved house and took those lovely bees with him. He said he left the hive that was between the house walls??
    I know wasps do that but bees?

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    Hello, Victoria. Bees will nest in any cavity. After WW1 the British bee, small, dark, and gentle, had almost vanished - the keepers being on the Front. Exotic and flashy Italians were introduced, and others from the Caucasus. Big and active, they made money, but stayed in bed in wet and cool weather. They crossed with the last of the British native and soon all our bees were yellow striped and looking for a fight, staying indoors when it was not scorching sun. But, in the 60s a wild colony of little brown bees were found high in the ruined walls of Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. 'Twas the old British bee! Thanks to the care taken with that 'lost' breed, many UK bees are now small. dark and quiet. Indeed, so amiable are they that two sister queens would often coexist in one hive, laying brood eggs alongside each other. I had some of these - a beekeeper from the south was astonished to see them busy on the heather on a gloomy day of drizzle. I gave up my hives when they became to heavy to lift in my advancing years. I do miss them.
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    Thanks Harry. Such a mine of great information.
    So glad those "British" bees managed to survive otherwise I guess they would be just another species made extinct in our time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victoria Moss View Post
    Thanks Harry. Such a mine of great information.
    So glad those "British" bees managed to survive otherwise I guess they would be just another species made extinct in our time.
    And Victoria with out then we may well become extinct
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