Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

Beekeeping experience with the small horizontal hive.
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Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 22 Nov 2017, 10:09

Empty hive placed at 3 meters above ground level to attract a swarm.
Entrance facing south-east.
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Re: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 26 May 2018, 12:17

Yesterday, I put a swarm in this hive.

Video documentary : https://youtu.be/emwAqWhbWRs
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Re: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 13 Jun 2018, 15:45

I had a quick look into the hive today, everything seems to be ok.
There is capped brood and the hive body has been filled half with comb.

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Re: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 26 Jun 2018, 13:59

The weather is sunny and hot (25-30 °C). The hive is shaded by the tree in the morning but gets full sun in the afternoon and in the evenning. Yesterday at 19 PM, some bees clustered beneath of the hive entrance and I observed a bee dancing outside the hive .

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Re: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 27 Jun 2018, 11:04

The weather got increasingly hot during last days reaching 30 °C and next days will be the same.
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As I was interested to see how bees would behave in the SmallHive under these conditions, I observed the outside of Hive 01 during one day at 2 hours intervals. The hive is mostly shaded by the tree in the morning but gets in sun during the afternoon and the evening. The hive entrance is shaded most of the time.

In summary, I observed massive bearding starting from 5 p.m. until late in the night. Bees clustered beneath and above the entrance. The entrance itself was kept clear. I observed foragers passing all the day and occasionally bees dancing outside. Next morning, there was no more bearding.

Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLATiKk4j3o
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Re: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 28 Jun 2018, 14:29

I opened the hive today, there is no visible change in respect to june 15 : hive body only half filled with combs, capped brood visible on the last comb in the hive body. No visible queen cells. No comb in the honey frame.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up1eIZcCSts
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Re: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 26 Jul 2018, 18:25

I observed Asian hornets (Vespa velutina) hunting bees at the hive entrance.

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Re: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 06 Aug 2018, 18:47

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
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Re: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 17 Aug 2018, 11:24

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
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Re: Hive 01 [France, Brittany]

Post by smallhiveproject » 21 Aug 2018, 14:18

"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) has been reported during invasion by Vespa simillima https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10. ... ode=tjar20.

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