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How Many Bees in a Hive

A hive can contain up to 70,000 bees in midsummer. There will be 1 queen, 250 drones, 20,000 female foragers, 30,000 female house-bees, 5,000 to 7,000 eggs, 7,000-11,000 larvae being fed, 16,000 to 24,000 larvae developing into adults in sealed cells.

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Asian Hornet Trap Factsheet

Published 15.Jan.2012, 7:34pm

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I would like to encourage beekeepers to use this trap, particularly those who live in high risk areas for Asian Hornet, such as along transport corridors as in Kent, or along the south coast. This can be a cheap and effective way of monitoring for the arrival of Asian Hornet. Of course if any Asian Hornet queens are caught this should be reported immediately using the link in the factsheet.

This factsheet can be downloaded on the above link or from the BeeBase website in the advisory leaflets list.

Alan Byham
E Regional Bee Inspector
The Food and Environment Research Agency - National Bee Unit

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Geri Trevino
23.Mar.2013 6:27pm [ 1 ]

I have had the privilege of keeping two topbar hives here in middle upper-cumberland area of Tennessee. Had great success with my 1st small garden hive in an organic blueberry orchard, lost in a flood in 2010, the orchard survived thankfully. My 2nd set of happy "Buckfast" honeybees were lost to the Asian Hornets. We were having a record heat wave here and I took the two entrance reducers of my large (only one this time) topbar that I had slit just 5wks before ... my ignorance cost them their little lives. I will be trapping the Asian Hornets until my next proper topbar bee yard. Thank you so much for your good works in providing this much needed information.

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