so it’s my fault you assumed I was from the Northern hemisphere, eh?
as for the patronising musings:
Go ahead and chuckle. Pesonally I Like folks who are happy to tinker- who test new ideas- who innovate and move forward. Some things work- some don’t… That’s how progress happens. You don’t have to bother yourself with them…
I can just imagine you there, 10,000 years ago sitting on a fence, loking at the guy making the first wheel, chuckling to yourself, and telling anyone who’d listen how it wasn’t needed… …
I imagine these boxes will take me about 15 minutes apiece to make- and I TRULY believe the bees will appreciate the added insulation. They will also double as robber proof feeder boxes. We had an extreme heatwave this year where temps hit 47c- completely killing two of my hives and 100’s (if not thousnds of beehives) around South Australia: I believe these lids will help colonies suirvive by inuslating the roof from the colony when the sun is blasting th down on it. Obviously beekeeprs are going to have to rethink how they operate if such temps become more common.
Finally they will also be invaluable when moving hives as fully ventilated screened lids (just remove the wood chip insulation). So they do four things- take 15 minutes to make and can be made from scaps.
To conclude- thanks for your thoughts, but no thanks