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  1. Jay
    November 21, 2010

    What is the black disk (appears to be a plug of some kind) on the pink insulation board in the third picture down? Does it have a beekeeping function?

  2. Phillip
    November 21, 2010

    What is the black disk (appears to be a plug of some kind) on the pink insulation board in the third picture down?

    That’s the lens cap for my camera.

  3. Jay
    November 22, 2010

    Ah. Thank you.

  4. David
    August 25, 2011

    Hi. Did your hives survive the 2010 winter?

    Thanks.

    Dave (1st year beekeeper)
    South Dakota USA.

    • Phillip
      August 25, 2011

      Yes. I had to feed them candy cakes to get them through the winter, but the wrapping, the insulation and the mouse-proof entrance reducers worked perfectly.

      The only thing I don’t like about the wrap is that it gets wet and leaves a dark mildew on the outside of the hives. The mildew dries up after a while in the spring and apparently doesn’t harm the hives, but still kind of ugly.

  5. Phillip
    November 30, 2013

    I thought about wrapping my hives with corrugated plastic signs painted black because they should be easy to re-use year after year. I’ll have to collect some signs the next time there’s a local election. Anyway, looks like some Ontario beekeepers had the same thought and are now producing corrugated plastic bee hives wraps:

    http://www.ontariobee.com/sales-and-services/polypropolene-winter-hive-wrap-program

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