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how soon after a mating flight would you check them?

 
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Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 15 11:12 am    Post subject: how soon after a mating flight would you check them?  Reply with quote    

We had the most spectacular mating flight on Saturday, a whole cloud up to the leylandii and then after around 30 mins back into the hive, and no bloody swallows around!
How long would you leave them before checking all is well?

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 15 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would wait about ten days. If I saw plenty of pollen going in at that time probably leave them alone till later as long as they had enough feed. If I didn't see any pollen then I'd suspect a bad mating & investigate.

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 15 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

great info - will look for pollen bearers.

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 15 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Very handy! Spell it out for me, is this something to do with the bees that bring pollen in or something about the use of pollen. I know I should remember this but I am running out of brain capacity for most things at the moment!

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 15 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The queen is there to lay eggs. The workers will collect pollen whith which to feed the young.
So, if you see bees carrying in pollen you know the queen is laying.

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 15 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

To grow new bodies they require pollen as a protein source.
The bees will gather a certain amount even when the queen isn't laying but when you see a lot going in it's a sure sign a lot of brood is being raised.
Adult bees, like butterflies & many moths only consume dissolved sugars in the form of honey or nectar.
Wasps get the protein to feed their young by hunting other insect larvae.

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 15 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Duh! Thank you. I knew that but seem to be incapable of applying knowledge this week.

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