So – the banana thing. Here’s what was left after a month, a black and shrivelled thing with a strong smell of propolis. But what are the conclusions if any?
As you can see, it’s completely dried up and black, the pulp has been removed and all that is left is the skin and what might have been seeds…?
Do bananas have seeds?
Well they must have otherwise – what it the raison d’etre?
Anyway, the whole thing smells of propolis only.
Effects on the Bees
The bees seem very strong and healthy but then we’ve had about a month of benevolent weather and a strong ivy flow. No ill effects to be seen and I didn’t see dead bees being shovelled out during the banana or see them hanging out the front.
As for the chalkbrood – well there is plenty of brood about the place and the pattern is good but it hasn’t gone away you know. It’s still there but not so much I think and only the fluffy white early stages but then they were treated with MAQS beforehand which seems to trigger some vigorous housekeeping.
Wrong time of the year and completely unscientific but the bees didn’t seem to suffer at all and I’d certainly try it again mid summer.
Unless anyone out there can come up with a better explanation for the shape and indeed the size of a banana – I’d say it’s so they can elegantly encircle the brood nest like this:
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