In the fall of 2017, I made Thomas Seeley an offer he couldn’t possibly refuse. I offered him 10 of my just finished Beeloggers to use in the Arnot Forest in the natural tree cavities he knows. I wrote him an e-mail with all the information about the data loggers and offered to climb into the trees with him. Thomas Seeley answered quickly and firmly: Unfortunately no time.
After this unexpected refusal I decided to build my own “natural” tree cavities. My friend Tom (not Seeley) sawed me several cavities at dizzying heights into living trees according to the average geometries of natural tree cavities determined in “The nest of the Honeybee”. The cavities are arranged in the trees in such a way that the thinnest wall thickness on the side of the flying hole is 10-12cm. Several Beeloggers are mounted on each tree and record the humidity at the edge of the cavity, in honeycomb construction and even in the wood surrounding the cavity.
The findings will probably relativize my previous theories about the buffer effect. Meanwhile I have other ideas about the processes of moisture transport in the cavity. This time I wait for the measurement results, I don’t want to be wrong about the same topic twice in a row :-).
The first tree cavity is now finally finished and is waiting for a colony of bees to move in. The sensors are already recording everything. Tom´s tree 2 will follow in the next days. The slots of the lowest element with the entrance hole are only closed after the successful entry of the colony. The peg mounted in the uppermost element can be removed to attach a honey room. All three elements can be removed at any time to control the colony. The inside of the elements is provided with an wax cloth. At the bottom there is a Varroa control board.