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    Re: Bumblebee vs. Honey Bee

    "Native does not always mean better, the bumble bee has never put any honey in my hives and the honey bee will pollinate just about anything the bumble bee will. No I am not opposed to bumble bees, I...
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    Re: Bumblebee vs. Honey Bee

    Nothing works tomatoes and peppers better than bumblebees in my area, I would never kill them. I see no benefit to honeybees by killing a few bumblebees.
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    Re: 4 0ver 4 frame double nucs

    Or you could just build 5 over 5, they overwinter great. It makes it easy to split them, sell them, or move them without having another hive attached. No need for special dividers.
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    Re: Extracting: Sticky Predicament

    Your deep freezer is the best solution, shb and wax moth won't hatch and your honey won't granulate.
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    Re: interesting observation

    Are you sure your not just moving drone brood to the center? Unless Im making up nucs, I always leave frames in the same order.
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    Re: Bee IDentification?

    Honeybees
  7. Re: Breaking up a Queenless Colony for Mating Nuc

    I've never put brood in mating nucs, so I would think you'll be fine.
  8. Thread: Snake Repellent

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    Re: Snake Repellent

    The current us pop is appox. 320,500,000 , about 5 die each year (CDC) from snake bites. Mostly from poor decision making. I think most of us are safe. The snakes on the other hand my be in...
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    If you watch the related video, you should place your hives in NYC. The beekeeper claims the honey is much cleaner there.
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    Re: Russian/Carni mix

    Hi Marti, I could be totally wrong but after taking a close look at your photos it kinda looks like CPBV ( http://www.beediseases.host-ed.me/Bee_diseases/CBPV.html ) to me. When I see a hive of my...
  11. Re: Hive is consuming pollen like crazy...what do I do now?

    I don't know. I placed a damp ball of newspaper next to a pollen patty and they both disappeared quickly, and I didn't see any paper or patty in stored in the frames.
  12. Re: Hive is consuming pollen like crazy...what do I do now?

    [QUOTE=DaveInThePacNW;1173326]I have two hives...the healthier one is booming, feeding like crazy...they consumed half a pollen patty in two days.

    There is also the possibility that when placing a...
  13. Re: Ragweed: Is it or is it not a good resource for bees?

    I found that my hives work ragweed heavy as soon as it blooms. I let large patches of it grow and this year its exceptional, its over six feet tall and will be blooming soon. Some foragers are...
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    Re: Harvesting Honey from Abandoned Hives

    It won't work. Find a local beekeeper and trade the hives for honey if your not interested in beekeeping as a hobby. You'll get honey, and not end up in the ER.
  15. Re: Long black pointy fly preying on a honeybee. What insect could that have been?

    I had a garden spider next to my hives once that had a small collection of honeybees and grasshoppers. I didn't think of it as a vicious killer but an effective one. I think the same about robber...
  16. Re: Long black pointy fly preying on a honeybee. What insect could that have been?

    Look up robber or assassin flies.
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    Re: Help please. ? Bumblebee queen?

    Your not bad !! You just dont know the difference between a robber fly and a bumblebee. Unless the south has a species of bumblebee that collects pollen, nectar, and honeybees that I'm not aware of....
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    Re: Grafting question

    This is a link to Dave Cushmans site, he writes about his experience grafting for a video. Two hours, harsh conditions, and the grafts took.
    http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/grafting.html
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  19. Re: Bumblebee attacked one of my bees and carried it off!

    Bumblebees are not nasty they forage and try to survive like other bees. While sometimes they desperately try to steal from honeybees its futile and often end up dead. Most likely what you saw was...
  20. Thread: Ashy Miner bees

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    Re: Ashy Miner bees

    Cool photo, here's some info....
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    Re: carpenter bees attacking hive

    Just seems unusual to me, male carpenter bees have no stinger and the females are solitary.
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    Re: carpenter bees attacking hive

    Well I guess it could be carpenter bees then, the males do have a square white patch on the forehead. In the north they are harmless but do damage to houses. They drill a few holes in my old barn...
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    Re: carpenter bees attacking hive

    I can't imagine carpenter bees attacking anything besides each other (males are territorial). Can you post a photo of the died bee?
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    Re: Fighting the Rise of Bee Rustlers

    According to the article, it's also those darned hobby beekeepers causing a lot of problems.
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    Re: What kind of weird bee is this?

    With the long antennae and thin stripes it looks like a squash bee. Its probably just attracted to the smell of the hive.
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