Beeline Bumblebee hives are a “total system” which contains bee food and pollen to ensure consistent performance over an extended period.
The hives are produced according to various specifications, depending on the target crop and growing system.
The design of the Beeline hives has been continuously improved based on field experience. With a self-feeding sugar system and a simple bee-lock for flight management no maintenance is required. Supplementary freeze dried pollen is available for feeding in case of delayed flowering or low pollen availability. A pollen feeding tray is built into the hive design. All hives have broods in all life stages.Hives are produced to suit different crops and situations: for example Tomatoes, Soft Fruit, Aubergine, Melon, Courgette or Pepper. Standard hives are available with sugar and without insulation. Insulation is available on request. Triple hives and weatherproof hives are also available. Hives are supplied individually.A pollination service is available. For hive schedules and to ensure that you make the correct choice of hive, consult your Syngenta Bioline distributor or your technical advisor.
(Can be used as a starter hive in tomatoes and for seed crops)
Supplementary materials:Weatherproof hive outers, Pollen.
Flowers need to be pollinated to maximize fruit quality and yield. Most tomato crops, indoor strawberries and soft fruit crops are pollinated using bumblebees because of the significant impact on yield and fruit set. Bumblebees require sugar for flight energy and feeding their colony. They require pollen as a protein source for reproduction. Since tomato flowers have little nectar, a supplement is required in the hive to maintain colony growth. The efficiency of a hive in a greenhouse depends on the successful growth of the bee colony. The ability of the bumblebee to collect and transfer pollen, and the pollen content of flowers, are affected by cultivation techniques.The amount of water given to the plants can affect the quality of the pollen and hence the development of the hive itself. Water stress and high temperatures cause bad pollen. If the plants are watered at the wrong time and temperature is increased, the flowers may become wet with dew and the pollen becomes “sticky”. Bumblebees will lose interest in sticky pollen. Adding new hives will not improve pollination. When an extra stem is allowed to develop, there will be a short period with a lot of flowers. If bumblebees can’t keep up with the extra flowers, it is advisable to put in some extra hives. Flowers pointing to the sky, flowers with a faded yellow colour or if the pistel is outside the flower are not attractive to bumblebees. They will tend to visit optimal flowers to improve their own foraging efficiency.
IF THE HIVE IS SHIPPED BY COURIER WE PLACE A CAP OVER THE SUGAR WATER CONTAINER OUTLET. THIS NEEDS TO BE REMOVED BEFORE OPENING THE BEE LOCK
Do not move hives after opening the bee-lock. Do not push or disturb the hive. In natural situations some hives will develop better than others anyway. Do not expect identical development of all hives. If in doubt ask an advisor to check a hive. It is not recommended to open a hive.At the end of the useful life of the colony, but not later than 10 weeks after the introduction, set the bee lock as you would do prior to applying a crop protection product. Once all the bees are in the hive close the bee lock completely and follow disposal instructions below. If you remove a hive from a pile or row, replace it with a new hive in the same spot to avoid confusion by other bees. Hives that run out of sugar water (unlikely) sometimes use other hives as a place to drink. A hive without sugar-water can still be active. The best thing is to replace the sugar-water box. Try to keep ants away from the hives by greasing the poles, or baiting. Use supplementary freeze-dried pollen at the start of the season if flowers are scarce. Some crop protection products are toxic to bumblebees, so hives should be closed and covered during application. Use the bee lock at dusk after bees have returned to the hive.Consult your account manager or distributor for guidelines.
Do not open for 2 hours after receipt.
There are several simple ways in which potential escapes can be minimised:
always be careful when handling the hives for disposal. Hives with live bees must not be disposed of in skips: rough handling can damage the inner liner or cause the hive to split open, allowing queens and males to escape.