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DuncanCook last won the day on July 7 2019

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  1. Nah! we have a lot of paper wasps around here and that aint one, too small and doesn't have the very long back legs
  2. I have had a look online and I doubt it was a wool carder, I think more probably a variety of hover fly as the black bands go right across the body unlike the carder. There are a few around at the moment so I took a pic of one that landed in my wine glass, a better death than the first that was being eaten from the rear whilst still struggling at the front.
  3. Panasonic Lumix-TZ 260, I am a bit old fashioned and my phone (very old) is just that Camera is great for distance shots with 30 times optical zoom but I haven't really got the hang of macro photography yet wish I could get a paper instrction manual for it
  4. South African I'm afraid, we occasionaly come across NZ mantis but not as often as I would like, having said that the victim isn't actually a wasp but a mimic. The mantis didn't even wait for it to land but took it right out of the air, unbelievably fast.
  5. Could do with a few more of these guys
  6. Left hand fortunately, difficult to use ctrl and shift etc. but otherwise I am pretty much limited to tv, computer and reading. and contemplating all the things I should be doing now i am more or less off the pain killers it is starting to get very frustrating
  7. It seems there are a lot of half bras around at the moment, people cut them to use as makeshift masks but only use the left cup for fear of looking a right tit!
  8. Photos or it didn't happen. ? Apparently the pictures that air ambulance crew took with Ipad are circulating all around local St John but I haven't managed to see them yet or get a copy
  9. I am considering building Weta City when I get the use of my hand back
  10. I have plenty of long straight trees and didn't need to split the awkward bit that came from a fork, just bloody minded I suppose, oh well lesson learned ( the hard way)
  11. Yep according to the hospital staff it is one the most common causes of admissions at this time of year, flesh and blood doesn't stand much chance against 25 ton hydraulics. Totally my own fault but kudos to all medical staff, although we are rural within the hour I was in the air ambulance on the way to hospital and within 2 hours on the operating table and it looks as though I will get to keep the 2 fingers they initially thought I would lose
  12. Had a disagreement with my logsplitter, results were splitter 1 me 0 so I am literally single handed for the next couple of months. Fortunately I had already done an alcohol wash and inspected every frame and put in staples, all is looking pretty good for the winter which is just as well 'cos all I can do is sit and watch activity at the entrances
  13. My first few I re fixed the bottom bar but (as @M4tt says) it doesn't seem to make any difference to the bees and is a fiddly job so I didn't bother with the rest. I think I posted pics at the time. I have just converted frame feeders to 3/4 as final stage of converting to 3/4 depth, took a while to figure that one out but it works well.
  14. Only took a little sun and the girls were out in force, so many around this ornamental acacia you could almost imagine they were swarming. Had a quick look under the lids without disturbing them too much and found some brood and eggs in all (though not a huge amount) and penty of stores so shouldn't be any need to feed this winter.
  15. Yes very easy to install and fits perfectly, I have a spare HD Smartboard so was able to do a dry run first and I was fairly confident when it came to the actual installation, bees took to it straight away and are using it quite happily. No robbing anyway at the moment so will have to wait to comment on that aspect. Thanks for your prompt response to my order @SeanMonica I used the pliers you see in the photo to squeeze the lugs at the bottom of the red disc and it popped out easily
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