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by smallhiveproject
11 Sep 2018, 11:22
Forum: Hive reports
Topic: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Re: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

Vespa velutina and Vespa crabro still hunting next to the hive entrance.
I took a picture to illustrate how guard bees typically cluster around the hive entrance.
Entrance wide is reduced to various degrees or even blocked.
by smallhiveproject
11 Sep 2018, 11:16
Forum: Hive reports
Topic: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]
Replies: 9
Views: 487

Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Vespa velutina is still there. I also observed repeatedly the European hornest (Vespa crabro, see photo). The video below was taken on 9 September 2018 at 3 o'clock in the afternoon of a sunny day. During about 20 minutes bees were flying around next to the hive. Before and after that, activity was ...
by smallhiveproject
04 Sep 2018, 14:32
Forum: Hive reports
Topic: How to start a hive report
Replies: 2
Views: 612

How to upload images and embed videos

(1) Images Upload your images from your computer directly to the message board by clicking on "Attachments" and "Insert". Please notice that this method is intended for image files only, for videos see below. 2_bfe43b837b6cc9af564bb207a5187bc8.jpg (2) Videos You can't upload videos directely to the...
by smallhiveproject
04 Sep 2018, 14:26
Forum: Hive reports
Topic: How to start a hive report
Replies: 2
Views: 612

Four main questions to focus on

You are encouraged to note all kind of observations you could made. However, please report at least on these questions quarterly : (1) Survival - How long does a bee colony survive (nb of years) ? (2) Honey harvest - How much honey can be harvested on living/dead colonies (kg of honey per year)? (3)...
by smallhiveproject
21 Aug 2018, 14:18
Forum: Hive reports
Topic: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Re: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

"Beeping sound" still audible at several occasions during last days, mostly associated with the presence of Vespa velutina near the hive's entrance. Hypothesis : worker piping (similar to ‘tooting, not ‘quacking’) as a signal of a disturbed bee colony. Guarding-worker piping (similar to queentooting...
by smallhiveproject
17 Aug 2018, 11:29
Forum: Hive reports
Topic: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]
Replies: 9
Views: 487

Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

Increased preasure of Vespa velutina.
I observed up to four individuals at a time next to the hive entrance and signs of rivality.
Some bees cluster next to the entrance.
In contrast to Hive 01, bees don't reduce the entrance size and forage activity is increased.
by smallhiveproject
17 Aug 2018, 11:24
Forum: Hive reports
Topic: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Re: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

Vespa velutina is still there. I also observed Vespa crabro.
I never observed more than one at a time.
Bees constrain the entrance by clustering.
Low but existing forage activity.
I recognized a "beeping" sound.

Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQQ83yJ6qQ4
by smallhiveproject
06 Aug 2018, 18:49
Forum: Hive reports
Topic: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]
Replies: 9
Views: 487

Re: Hive 06 [France, Brittany]

I repeatedly observed Vespa velutina hunting next to the hive entrance during last weeks.
by smallhiveproject
06 Aug 2018, 18:47
Forum: Hive reports
Topic: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Re: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

I repeatedly observed Vespa velutina hunting next to the hive entrance during last weeks.

Today is an extremely hot day in Brittany (34 °C at 18h00) and bees are clustering around the hive entrance. Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iKIWVCDff8