Hi experts and helpers,
I bought a wire QX with a wooden frame a couple of weeks ago. I haven't been happy with the plastic one getting old and warped and I generally prefer using timber. Also, the plastic one seems to squash quite a lot of bees on the top bars.
Anyways, I just did a hive check and discovered that most of the workers don't actually fit through the wires! So, I only had a few hundred bees above the QX - presumably many of the ones that were there when I installed it! Argh!
As I watched, the bees tried to get through and struggled, got stuck, reversed out etc... there was even a dead wasp stuck in the wire! Horrible to watch (not the wasp - that made me happy), so I put the old plastic one back on.
My question is: Why is this happening? Are my bees too big? Can't tell you which type they are as I caught a swarm, but they are very gentle in nature. I bought the QX from a reputable supplier and am very surprised to encounter this problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
It is a USA QUEEN EXCLUDER w 17.2mm Wood Frame (code EXCUS) and I am in Christchurch, NZ.
I have a langstroth full.