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    Re: How's the Illinois swarm season going

    Over here in Missouri I am getting the same results. Little to no activity around any traps. I did catch one small swarm early in May and another huge swarm in early June but only in traps that are...
  2. Thread: Locust trees

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    Re: Locust trees

    Black Locust just stopped blooming around here and the Honey Locust is getting ready to pop. The bees will work the Honey Locust hard when it is in bloom but I believe the Honey Locust isn't as...
  3. Re: Why doesn't everybody make their own equipment?

    I don't really find making the supers all that cost/time effective but I try and make all of my bottoms, tops, and inner covers now. If you wait for free shipping times and sales then order in...
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    After my losses from the drought of 2012 going into last years Winter I was determined to do things differently this Winter. I modified all my Mann Lake SBB so I could put solid 1/2" bottoms in them...
  5. Thread: trees for bees

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    Re: trees for bees

    The trees the bees hit around here for blooms are the Eastern Red Bud, Wild Plum, other Fruits, Boxelder then other Maples, Locust (either Honey or Black) then other hardwoods. Ash seems to be an...
  6. Re: Odfrank's Observations - Bees Inhabiting Potential Nesting Sites

    I wonder sometimes if scouts don't get left behind when a swarm moves while they are out and the left behind scouts just return to whatever place they hope the swarm went to. I also think swarms must...
  7. Re: Farmers? When you absolutely MUST use insecticides on crops

    Till up a strip next to the alfalfa and let the pigweed grow in it but cut it down before it blooms. Blister beetles love young pigweed and they will all be out of your alfalfa. They will then be...
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    Re: Ok, this is a first for me.

    Often the scout bees or robbers in my traps will move the q-tip around and it is common for me to find it up by the entrance hole. It is also common to find it with all the fuzzy part on the end I...
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    Re: Cleaning swarm traps after infestations

    The bees will clean them out when they move in. I have never noticed the bees caring about the roaches in the traps, they just run the roaches off. An ant infestation will make the bees pass up a...
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    Re: Odd Swarm Trap Activity

    The primary swarms jumped on my Northern most traps like crazy this weekend. I captured four swarms in traps and while watching the third swarm which was a good size 18 trying to fit in a size 6 box...
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    Re: A question about upper entrances

    I use a modified migratory cover alot like J. Clemens described. Just a simple top with a side spacer about tall enough for a bee over an inner cover. I then leave an opening about three inches...
  12. Pollen Trap activity - Anything to be worried about?

    So today I put a pollen trap on one of my strongest hives. I used one of the Brushy Mountain plastic ones over a top entrance. I have not messed with a pollen trap before but thought I would put one...
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    Re: Odd Swarm Trap Activity

    Thanks for the replies. odfrank I guess I have just not seen such heavy scout activity before but I have only been trapping for a couple of years. I caught another swarm this afternoon but again it...
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    Odd Swarm Trap Activity

    This Spring started out like any other for swarms but was running about a month late due to the continuing cooler weather. About the first half of May I saw several scout bees coming and going from a...
  15. Thread: Oak tree honey?

    by Connor
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    Re: Oak tree honey?

    I have varied areas around my hives. From hay pasture, thick woods, open woods, acres of corn and soybean, run off ditches full of every wild fruit tree imaginable etc. and the bees will at times...
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    Re: Slow year for swarms in W IL

    I have only caught 3 swarms so far this year and 2 of those were small ones (nuc sized) in the same spot in the middle of the nearest city to me. I have out 12 traps, all but one in very rural...
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    Re: Too late in the year to start a hive?

    I went for three years with every hive having a full brood box and a medium full going into Winter and never suffered a loss. 2011 I had a late swarm I caught in August that had only 8 frames in a...
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    Re: Top Entrances Added, Bees Not Using

    Give em a bit of time. I added top entrance type covers last year to a couple of my hives and it took the girls a bit to get used to them. After a few new orientation flights the younger bees began...
  19. Thread: I hate rain

    by Connor
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    Re: I hate rain

    We have been getting so much rain this Spring that almost nothing is getting planted and the bees have been huddled inside their hives about half the time. We just had three good days and now looks...
  20. Re: Late Spring in the Mid West, when will swarm season be here?

    I have not seen any drones yet but yesterday I began working on a feral hive that had moved into some ancient brood boxes my neighbor had left out. Most of the old frames were empty and the hive had...
  21. Re: lots of dead hives; what do to with the frames...

    I have the same problem. I lost five hives this Winter and now have an abundance of drawn frames, most of which are empty of any stores. The few frames I had with honey or pollen in them I put in my...
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    Re: 1.8 Miles enough?

    Gmcharlie - I did put a cedar stem infront of their entrance and placed a box at the old site and so far no bees have returned to the original site. Of course it hasn't been warm enough yet for them...
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    Re: 1.8 Miles enough?

    I think you are rather not seeing the forest because of a few trees there beepro. Perhaps if all you have is a garden hive kept small for personal pollination you may be able to make a dent in the...
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    Re: 1.8 Miles enough?

    Beepro I have lived on a farm my entire life, except when I was in the army, and there really is no such thing as a drought resistant plant. There are some plant varieties that require less water but...
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    Re: 1.8 Miles enough?

    beepro I planted about 50 acres of buckwheat last year around the areas where I keep my bees to no avail as it all dried up before blooming. The Goldenrod and Aster flow sorta happened in the Fall...
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