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    Re: identity if this teeny tiny wasp?

    It looks like a Hoverfly to me. The sweat bees here are almost black.
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    Re: I sure hope this cut-out survives!

    Update: I have eggs and larva! Looks like these genetics are gonna live a little longer.
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    Honey quantity???

    I can't find the answer so I am gonna ask it. What is the general "rule of thumb" on how much honey should be expected from a shallow, medium, and deep? Not sure that it matters but this will be...
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    Re: A couple of Newbie questions

    Everything they said plus.... The round hole in the center of the inner cover is also used by some for feeding. An inverted jar of sugar water is placed over the hole where the bees can access it....
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    Re: I sure hope this cut-out survives!

    The tree was sprayed and set on fire earlier the same day I received the call. The dirt had been dumped a few days prior.
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    I sure hope this cut-out survives!

    The other evening I received a call that a bee tree was located at a nearby golf course. We had just had a strong wind storm come through the area a short time before I received this call. The...
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    Re: Honey in brood boxes

    There should be honey in your brood box. It will normally be on the outside few frames and around the edges of your brood frames. Three queen cells may be an issue though. If the bees weren't given...
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    Re: Queen cell cups! Leave be or split?

    I agree with JW. Those cells have already hatched. Don't expect to find any eggs for at least another couple weeks. The new virgin queen will need to get mated and return before laying eggs.
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    Re: What's up with these workers?

    Looks like newly emerged workers to me. They will darken up in a few days.
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    Re: Queen pics from today's check

    Awesome Pics!
  11. Re: I need a hayfield sprayed for briars/wild blackberries...

    I second Brad Bee. The way this year is going for us, lots of rain and no time to cut, hay is going to be valuable. I've had luck with the 2,4-D and as long as you mix it right you won't necessarily...
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    Re: color of bees

    Not sure about yours but my carnolians are dark and my new world carnolians are really dark. The drones and queen are almost solid black. The few Italians that I have had are fairly golden. I prefer...
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    Re: Beginner question

    I've never heard of the bees killing off the brood of a queen that is failing. If the queen was failing I would say that they would just supercede her. If that was the case I wouldn't see half your...
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    Re: Beginner question

    Your hive may have swarmed. If so, there is probably a virgin queen in there that hasn't cranked up yet. As far as the uncapping goes... Maybe they are a more hygenic strain and are removing the less...
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    Re: Nuc Start

    I've done what you are saying and it has worked. I would shake more nurse bees in from another frame though so that there is plenty of nurse bees. It would have a greater chance if you were to put...
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    Re: Botched package

    Why did you give the live queen back to the guy? Why are both packages inside of a deep box? Nevermind.... I have too many questions.
  17. Re: More Swarm/Supercedure cells? After a swarm?

    I think you have it figured out. Trust your plan. Those queen cells in the second picture are chewed open. So, I bet you got a virgin queen in there somewhere. Nice pics by the way.
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    Re: New queen

    I think the larva you have is from a laying worker since you said there was no queen prior to introducing the caged one. The brood I see looks like drone brood.
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    Re: New queen

    If she's still in the cage AND you are seeing larva in the frames DO NOT release her! Unless you want to loose a queen.
  20. Re: Allow aggressive hive to requeen or use queen from different genetics?

    I like the honey production, but as some of you have already stated, I have young kids also. I dont want my family to be fearing to go outside. I dont put up with aggressive bees and requeen when i...
  21. Thread: Robbing

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    Re: Robbing

    Benbill, (just my two cents) Robbing can take place with any number of bees. It usually starts small and when those robbers have found a source then they go back and tell other robbers about it,...
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    Re: best place to buy a queen

    Honey Run Apiaries (Ohio) or Ebert Queens (Iowa). NWC and regular Carniolans. I've had luck with both types and both places are very helpful. They should winter well in your area.
  23. Re: Hive inspection-tell me whats going on

    I would let the queen cell hatch. It will also give your bees a mite break due to the mites not having any brood to attach to. I have accidently killed queens in the past. They will build a queen...
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    Re: Question about hive that swarmed ?

    The swarming queen will slow down or stop production. Its her way of slimming down enough to be able to fly with the swarm when the time comes. Hopefully you have a virgin queen, or a newly mated...
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    Re: Rethinking Cut Down Splits

    David,

    I did a cut down a few weeks ago (I called you and you walked me through it). The original hive ended up swarming last weekend. I was able to capture that swarm and they have filled the...
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