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Re: BEES

Postby nuthatch » Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:51 pm

:bee: :bunny:
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Re: BEES

Postby Jacksparrow » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:20 pm

Placido wrote:First big, furry, bumbly bumble bee of the year :clap:. Great to see :nod:.
Not a thing in the garden in flower :(

It is usually a Queen house hunting at this time of year :nod: . Be ready with your Chirms just in case you're selected. :)
PS I have violets and primroses available for any hungry bees.
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Re: BEES

Postby Placido » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:40 pm

Another bumble today, just bumbling around, presumably apartment-hunting. This one was ginger but with a black posterior and slightly less friendly than the February one. Some folks :shrug: .......
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Re: BEES

Postby Placido » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:38 pm

Feeding the birds this affie and upon my return to the cavemouth I espied a large bumble on the grass. Bad news :eek:.
Prepared some sugar water and served it up but until dusk, no movement. Don't think we've won this one - but this has worked in the past.
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Re: BEES

Postby Placido » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:15 pm

:( :cry3:
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Re: BEES

Postby nuthatch » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:57 pm

:hug2: :flower:
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Re: BEES

Postby Placido » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:32 pm

Thank you, Nuthatch :yes:. All appropriate rites were performed :rolleyes:
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Re: BEES

Postby Jacksparrow » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:03 pm

Can't win `em all Placi :(
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Re: BEES

Postby Placido » Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:28 pm

I have purchased a spray gun thingy of Westland 'Resolva' Bug Killer with a view to zapping a pest which I think is woolly aphid on my cherished escallonia cuttings.
When I came to use the stuff I read the red Safety Instructions panel for the first time - I know, I know :rolleyes: - and discovered a very disconcerting section which may throw light on the parlous plight in which our native bees find themselves these days.

"Dangerous to bees. Do not use where bees are actively foraging."
"Risk to non-target insects and other arthropods."
Oh yes, and you can't use it in direct sunlight.

I'll have to rethink this stuff - maybe bring the pot inside for 2 weeks while it kills the pest.
Seems that neo-nicotinoids may not be the only culprit.
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Re: BEES

Postby Jacksparrow » Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:55 pm

Placido wrote:I have purchased a spray gun thingy of Westland 'Resolva' Bug Killer with a view to zapping a pest which I think is woolly aphid on my cherished escallonia cuttings.
When I came to use the stuff I read the red Safety Instructions panel for the first time - I know, I know :rolleyes: - and discovered a very disconcerting section which may throw light on the parlous plight in which our native bees find themselves these days.

"Dangerous to bees. Do not use where bees are actively foraging."
"Risk to non-target insects and other arthropods."
Oh yes, and you can't use it in direct sunlight.

I'll have to rethink this stuff - maybe bring the pot inside for 2 weeks while it kills the pest.
Seems that neo-nicotinoids may not be the only culprit.

:eek: does the can come with a protective suit,gloves and goggles for the user?
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