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    Re: Swarm at the DC Capitol

    WRT the Whitehouse hive, I'm skeptical as to whether or not there are any bees in that hive. It looks nice sitting out there, but I went down last August on a day trip with someone from way...
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    Re: OAV - is this the stuff

    BTW, here's the product by that company that is OA:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VBGH82
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    Re: OAV - is this the stuff

    Definitely, definitely, DEFINITELY NOT oxalic acid. Return it or clean your deck. Don't use it on your bees.
  4. Re: When does the queen bee's abdomen fully expand?

    I'm sure that her largest is when she's finally laying, maybe a week after mating. But queens do come in all sizes. It's hard to tell from her size what's up. I've seen large virgins and small...
  5. Re: My first frame with foundation. My evolution as a beekeeper. I feel kind of dir

    I feel your growing pains.....started 5 years ago foundationless in langs. Worked fine, did well for those years and loved the fact that I had 0 burr comb between my frames because my bees just...
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    Re: Promotional signs for association

    Oh ok. The lifecycle would be great....also maybe large images of drone/worker/queen side by side. Close up photos of comb with those things I mentioned above would be cool too so if you do have an...
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    Re: Promotional signs for association

    BTW, taking actual bees to talks/events, even if it's just a single frame in a single frame case, is huge. It grabs and holds attention, so I'd highly recommend that to anyone doing a talk. Having...
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    Re: Promotional signs for association

    Our club has an art bag that can fit those exact posters (lifecycle + year of the beekeeper) without rolling them up. We had them laminated and then bought foam core and cut it to the size of the...
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    Re: varied genetics

    Realize that in the summer, the adult bees in your hive turn over about ever 6 weeks. If your hives are doing well, another option would be to locate a reputable queen breeder in the area and...
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    Re: Some interesting facts about queens

    An entomologist on here would know for sure, but I believe the egg is fertilized as she lays it. Really before, internal to her body, but as she's laying it. The egg passes by a duct leading from...
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    Re: How to stop bees from drinking pool water

    Just an "I think" kind of post so take it with a grain of salt....

    Bees aren't great at using water sources "just outside" the hive, but they don't want to go very far either. That 50-75ft...
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    Re: Trying the "snake oil"

    It was harsh, but that comment about being concerned with their feelings and being happy....that was just precious, made me seriously laugh out loud. :lpf: Anyone who has friends like that knows how...
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    Re: Damaging the swarm cell

    They probably can't now, but no worries. Give the hive a frame of eggs from your split that has the original queen. Knock off all the bees from the frame so the split keeps them (try not to knock...
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    Re: How do I know if I have a queen?

    The cell will be long enough to have been capped (or better, you saw it capped so you know it was) and will now have a near-perfectly round hole chewed from the bottom of it. Good pic here:
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  15. Re: I guess you can shoot bears in Minnesota for raiding your hives!

    half the bears are smarter than the average bear though. :pinch:
  16. Re: "Hi, I want to learn beekeeping and I'm looking for a mentor"

    I agree with Dmlehman. It's often encouraged even on this forum. Someone will ask a very newbee question about something he/she is seeing in a hive, something well documented in books. Eventually...
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    Re: Anybody know what this bee is doing?

    With that description, it must be a "teenage" bee. :)
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    Re: Anybody know what this bee is doing?

    Do a quick search for wash boarding, that's what it's called. Nothing abnormal.
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    Re: Approved varroa mite control for PA?

    Tenbears,

    Not disputing the fact that it's effective or that it's been used for years, but it's not just semantics, it's federal law. The registered Brushy label giving directions on how to apply...
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    Re: Will GMO crops affect bees

    You're correct Vance. My comment was too simplistic. Durum is a type of wheat I guess. Many of the strains/varieties planted today are the result of mutagenesis done in the late 40s and following...
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    Re: Approved varroa mite control for PA?

    I stand corrected. :) I used PA's dept. of ag website to find that Brushy registered it as a product in PA. There is a label for Brushy's product and that is the approved product to use. Just like...
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    Re: Approved varroa mite control for PA?

    I've emailed our state apiarist to find out if this is the case. I know there was a lot of back and forth here on bs about what the EPA registration actually meant with respect to OA's legal status...
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    Re: Approved varroa mite control for PA?

    In what product?
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    Re: Approved varroa mite control for PA?

    Hopguard is not approved in PA and therefore the suppliers won't ship it into the state. MAQS is the only product I know of that's approved to be used with honey on the hive primarily because the...
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    Re: Will GMO crops affect bees

    Not entirely true. Back in the post-war 40s was when breeders started using mutagenesis, bombarding seeds and plants with radiation to scramble up the DNA and "see what happens". No additional...
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