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  1. Re: Will this warm winter weather encourage queens to lay?

    Yes the weather will certainly wake them up as brood production follows photo period...even more so if fresh pollen is coming in. Good luck and grab a hammer as I suspect early season swarms will be...
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    Re: Black & White bee identification

    Syrphid flys
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    Re: Why should people care about the honey bee?

    Actually you are spot on. The true fact honeybees have displace indigenous pollinators. While they are highly efficient at pollinating crops, if they were to disappear, we wouldn't go hungry by any...
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    Re: Benefits of yellowjackets

    Start you breeding nucs earlier and you'll be fine
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    Re: Lost Queen. Am I hosed?

    Will you or anyone you know be in the Seattle area anytime soon? If so I'll save a spare for you
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    Re: OAD timing in Pacific Northwest?

    Yup...middle to the end of December would be perfect.
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    Re: Benefits of yellowjackets

    No. You also live in the PNW. It's a real bad year for wasps in general. Warm winter..didn't kill off many foundresses. An early spring got them going early. Unless we get a cold winter...next...
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    Re: Benefits of yellowjackets

    The presence of yellow jackets entering hives unmolested is an excellent indicator that something is not right with that hive and in it's current condition will not last the winter. I'm not sure...
  9. Thread: yellow jackets

    by rbees
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    Re: yellow jackets

    First off understand something is not right with those hives. Yellow jackets coming and going without much harassment is a strong indicator that hive is in trouble. Find out what is causing the...
  10. Re: Oh no! Can I tell if my new queen is mated just by how she looks? (Pic included

    She's mated and a beauty :)

    We're actually having a nice English Ivy nectar flow in Western Washington this year and with the aster pollen coming you'll be seeing lots of late season brood very...
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    Re: Treatment free for 20 months + feed free

    ...and what would be your second thought ;)
  12. Re: Emergency! Yellow jackets have killed everything but the queen

    Mean Bee Honey....Dave Burrup nailed it square. Yellow Jackets are not the issue and did not cause the collapse...something else did. I agree with Dave...mites caused your colony collapse and the...
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    Re: What to do with a high mite count in October?

    Well...you have a lot assumptions. You need an accurate % Not withstanding if you found 11 mites its my opinion that hive is in trouble. Absolutely treat with Apivar and do it ASAP. Then feed...
  14. Sticky: Re: Diseases in Beekeeping; How to Identify and What They Look Like-Your Experince Wa

    I think also Harry is using a little sarcasm about how important it is to keep mite populations down.
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    Re: I broke a cardinal rule in beekeeping

    "The cardinal rule....if you are going to be a serious beekeeper......the bees come first."

    Never spoken more true words. Sorry to hear about your troubles. Nothing keeps your boxes full of...
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    Re: drones for winter?

    My opinion is if your seeing an increase in drones...especially in some hives and not others...something is not right with that hive
  17. Re: Solid Black Bees Hairless Thorax mixed in with "normal looking bees"

    now to answer your question about the there hive. I would requeen the afflicted hive and keep tabs on the healthy one. I've had it before on several occasion and requeening generally clears it up. ...
  18. Re: Solid Black Bees Hairless Thorax mixed in with "normal looking bees"

    Classic example of Chronic Bee Paralysis which is a virus affecting adult bees.

    http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=275&video=03
  19. Re: No honey and very little brood but plenty of bees

    If they're Italians, they will often keep brooding even though they really can't afford to (honey stores wise) Feed the heck out of them if you want to save them. Also..it would be a great time to...
  20. Re: Warning: Some of these images may be disturbing to younger, more sensitive viewer

    If they're brood laying golden Italians...yeah...it's somewhat normal
  21. Re: This bug is a BEE ASSASIN. What is it and how can they be stopped

    That's an assassin bug
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    Re: Grafting tool thought

    Take a flat head tooth pick and shave the small end down till very thin. Gently nibble on it to moisten it and shape into a curved end. It will take you a few tries, but in time you'll find what...
  23. Thread: Grafting 101?

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    Re: Grafting 101?

    Use a tooth pick. Take a box cutter and shave down the smaller end such that it's a thin as you can get..but not to thin. Then using your front teeth chew on the tip a little and bend it slightly...
  24. Re: Transfer of Immunity from Mother to Offspring Is Mediated via Egg-Yolk Protein Vi

    Vitelloginin is the fountain of youth for bees...make no mistake about it
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    Re: Yellow Jackets & Onslaught

    Yellowjackets in the apiary are actually your friend. They clean up the sick and dying. They are also an excellent indicator that something is seriously wrong with a particular hive. If yellow...
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