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    Maybe "Kieth" is a phonetic spelling? As in "Ere Kieth we've run out of Typhoo teabags" (say it in your best Mick Jagger from Stella Street).


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    I donít think we should be too hard on Keith. Most of the people I know think bumble bees are honey bees and that honey bees are wasps, goodness knows what they think wasps are! Donít dare anybody reply that I only know daft people.
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    I think we've frightened him away.....I think we should make room for Waspism, in the of name of Equality (Sounding like the SNP now!!)

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    As I cleared the grasses from under a hive today I found a beautiful wasp nest full of eggs. I even saw the queen. Had I remembered about KIEth's interest in wasp-keeping, I might have been able to provide him with a nucleus wasp hive. Unfortunately, I only thought about my bees' well-being and quickly stepped on it. Sorry KIEth.
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    Kitta

    The RSPCW have been informed
    Poor Kieth how must he be feeling ?
    How many caterpillars are going to escape justice now the wasps have gone ?
    P.s. you must trust your footware

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mellifera Crofter View Post
    As I cleared the grasses from under a hive today I found a beautiful wasp nest full of eggs. I even saw the queen. Had I remembered about KIEth's interest in wasp-keeping, I might have been able to provide him with a nucleus wasp hive. Unfortunately, I only thought about my bees' well-being and quickly stepped on it. Sorry KIEth.
    Kitta
    Shame, I hear wasp NUCs are selling for sky high prices this year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mellifera Crofter View Post
    As I cleared the grasses from under a hive today I found a beautiful wasp nest full of eggs. I even saw the queen. Had I remembered about KIEth's interest in wasp-keeping, I might have been able to provide him with a nucleus wasp hive. Unfortunately, I only thought about my bees' well-being and quickly stepped on it. Sorry KIEth.
    Kitta
    Hereís a link to the plight our friends the wasps are facing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23356578
    I hope you are now feeling very guilty Kitta.

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    Wasps I can cope with it's bloody clothes moths.

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    Default Kieth Ö I've cracked it

    This thread is nearly a year old and I'm delighted to report I have a laying queen wasp. The advantage for beekeepers is that the system I have developed requires the use of standard equipment and very similar management techniques to those already employed.

    Make a big stack of spare 'stuff' in an out of the way corner. Ignore it for weeks or months until you can't find the Horsley board*. Take the stack apart and - if you're lucky - you'll have a laying queen wasp in residence.

    You can just see the developing larvae in the second photo.

    Next Ö waspgrafting.

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    Please note, I've only tried this with National equipment. I'm hoping I can extend the technique to work with Langstroths and am looking for sponsorship from Mann Lake.

    * doesn't have to be a Horsley board. It can be any relatively obscure board or cover, built during the long dark winter nights.

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