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    Re: They Killed their Swarm Queen

    That's what it sounds like.They may have had two queens, a virgin and the mature queen. I've caught swarms with two or more queens but never found out what happened to the "extra" queens. Are you...
  2. Thread: KEEP DRAWING

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    Re: KEEP DRAWING

    Yes, You can put the spacer boards or feed them 2:1 sugar to water syrup to finish filling the drawn comb. If they have enough bees to fill the three boxes you shouldn't have any problems.
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    Re: Is Carolina Jasmine toxic to honey bees?

    We have the Carolina Jessamine or yellow jessamine here in Alabama (some people call it yellow jasmine). I've never seen the bees working it in the spring. Yellow flowers on a vine that climbs to the...
  4. Re: Combining a nuc with a weak hive - any need to wait?

    I would pinch the poor performing queen and then do a news paper combine. Put two or three slits in the news paper. Normally takes a couple of days for them to get through the paper. By that time...
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    Same as crofter, I haven't noticed many drowned bees. I pour the syrup in slowly to give them a chance to move but if they get covered, they are up the screen soon. Like crofter said, their buddies...
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    Re: hive top feeder

    If there's enough room for a bee to get under the cover and into the feeder, you can end up with a feeder full of drowned bees. I had a hive top feeder that was under a slightly warped cover and I...
  7. Thread: What is This?

    by GaryG74
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    Re: What is This?

    Looks like a robber that has had most of the hair pulled off its body by guard bees of your hive as they tussle to keep the robbers out. Other than little hair, it looks like a normal honey bee as...
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    Re: Queenless or Not?

    If there is no queen (laying or virgin) the bees will usually make queen cells within three days of young (less than 3 days old) brood or eggs. Sounds like there's a queen (virgin or mated by now) in...
  9. Thread: MAQS question

    by GaryG74
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    Re: MAQS question

    Sounds like you followed the instructions. Did you close off the screened bottom board? I'm running a MAQS treatment this week. Put them on Saturday (first day it has been below 90F all summer). I...
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    Re: Hello from Toronto

    Welcome to BeeSource!
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    marshmasterpat: Sorry it took so long to get back. The whitish pollen is probably Boneset. Have been watching my bees since my last entry and the bees working Boneset here are getting an off white...
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    Re: Wax Moth question

    I've had wax moth larva under my screen on the debris board also. It's not really a problem because they aren't "inside" the hive. I'll clean off the debris board when I find larva (if the fire ants...
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    Re: hello from Raliegh NC

    Welcome to BeeSource!
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    Re: Beautiful Natural Comb & Wild Brood

    Great photos!
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    Re: All the talk about goldenrod....

    Finding a huge ball of bees hanging from a tree limb at eye level! Lots of folks would have a heart attack because they think they're about to be engulfed by "killer bees". Bee keepers have a heart...
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    Re: Late season swarm caught..what next??

    You could steal frames from other hives if there are excess to what each hive needs to overwinter and put them in the second deep. That along with feeding 2:1 sugar to water syrup would help the...
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    Re: First Swarm, Late Swarm Oh No!

    A couple of drawn frames will give them a boost and let the queen start laying earlier than if they had to draw out comb. If your other hives can spare a frame or two, you could move a frame or two...
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    Re: Hello from south Georgia!/ queen cells?

    Welcome to BeeSource! Sometimes the bees will keep a new queen from destroying queen cells/new queens until they know for sure the new queen survives her mating flights. The QC with the hole in the...
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    Re: Wax Moth question

    Usually robbing results in caps torn off the comb leaving ragged edges and bits of wax on the frames and especially the bottom board. It seems like the larger moth larva leave the webbing more than...
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    Re: MAQS and brood loss

    There's usually a delay from the end of the MAQS treatment before the queen starts laying again of a week or maybe two weeks that I have seen. Not sure why you have so much dead brood. Hope your...
  21. Re: Robbing bees came today...take a look...what are they? Beautiful colors

    Look in the September issue of Bee Culture magazine on page 7. Photo of 35 million year old "native" honey bee fossil found in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Looks just what is flying around today!
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    Re: New to beekeeping

    Welcome to BeeSource and the world's most interesting hobby!
  23. Thread: New from Mn

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    Re: New from Mn

    Welcome to BeeSource!
  24. Thread: Holes in comb

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    Re: Holes in comb

    Sometimes the bees will chew foundation and comb to get wax to cap brood or honey. When a good flow starts they usually repair the holes. Like fieldsofnaturalhoney said, the bees use the hole to...
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    Re: Wax Moth question

    You didn't say what size entrance you have. Close it up to about 2-3 inches so the moths can't slip in at one end where there are no guards. They like to slip in late in the day and at night. If your...
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