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    Re: CombineZP image stacker

    I can really see the difference on the last pic. Very cool. My daughter loves taking pictures, too, so maybe I have an additional excuse to look into a new camera and some software!
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    Re: New Hive Scents and window pics

    lol -- yes, the first time I got a good noseful of whatever it is, I was taken aback. Quite the pungent experience!
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    Re: New Hive Scents and window pics

    I checked "The Melitto Files", a UF newsletter that includes a monthly report on what's blooming. Goldenrod is officially listed in August, but since nature tends to vary, it could be that! Sunday...
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    Re: Bumblees on Portulaca

    Is this a correction on the claim it's a bumblebee, portulaca or something else:)?
  5. Thread: Dark Queen

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    Re: Dark Queen

    Very pretty queen!
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    Re: Queen pics from today's check

    Really nice -- such a golden color!
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    Bumblees on Portulaca

    My honeybees do not seem interested in this plant (and they're in pots, so likely not in quantities to pull in foragers) but the bumblebees like them, and by this time of year, the bumbles are...
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    New Hive Scents and window pics

    The bees seem to be doing well. I didn't open the hive this week because of heat and weekend work, but I've been sitting with it every evening, watching the comings and goings, looking through the...
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    Re: Another typical foundationless disaster

    So pretty! It looks like you're using a longer bar, maybe 19" with a 10" depth? I'm thinking of changing the dimensions of my next one.
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    Re: What's going on?

    We're in a summer dearth as well, and I've been watching my hive eject drones for the past several weeks. I asked someone local, and they recommended feeding, which I did (then they told me not...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle Trap?

    Hi, Jon Wolff -- that is awesome! I actually think I could make that with some study and maybe a practice board or two:-). Maybe not ideal for my current hive b/c it's constructed, but I've only got...
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    Poll: Re: Is your Top Bar hive your first beehive?

    One hive, TBH, doing well enough, though I'm excited to see what happens in fall when we get our second flow. Bees came too late in spring to hit the early nectar flow. There have been ups and downs,...
  13. Re: hottest weather temp you safely inspect TB in?

    Hmm -- mine are not happy about morning inspections. At all. Temperature doesn't seem to have an impact where I am (it's always hot, and nights only "cool" down to 72F) -- cloudiness might, though I...
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    Small Hive Beetle Trap?

    Small Hive Beetles -- sigh. I've probably waited too late to get on this. I've seen them for a few weeks now, watched the bees do entrance and aerial battle, have not seen them crawling over comb...
  15. Re: Bees NOT bearding in the heat -- but not in a great mood, either

    Thank you, Santa Caras! The local club members also mentioned we're moving into the summer dearth, and I've got to get SHB traps into the hive. They also mentioned an exterior solution from Peter...
  16. Bees NOT bearding in the heat -- but not in a great mood, either

    I've been fascinated by how many are showing pictures of bearding. I would've thought given FL temps/humidity that I would see bearding, but I have not. Nor do I have the upper entrance holes open....
  17. Thread: Sugar rush! ! !

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    Re: Sugar rush! ! !

    Woo hoo! That's awesome!
  18. Re: hottest weather temp you safely inspect TB in?

    Thanks for asking the question, HBing! I wonder if humidity also has an effect? It isn't just hot here, it's really humid, which is probably more of a problem for me than the bees. When I did a check...
  19. Re: State-specific TBH groups on FB, admin by Goldstar HoneyBees

    Florida only has a handful -- literally. This just got started, so we'll see over time how it pans out. Could be that some regions are more TBH populated than others? Around here, people just sort of...
  20. Re: New Study on Neonics, in Nature (journal), out of Netherlands

    Thank you for the offer -- I have access to the article as well!
  21. State-specific TBH groups on FB, admin by Goldstar HoneyBees

    Hi, All. For those of you who use Facebook, Christy Hemenway of Goldstar Honeybees has started private state-specific groups especially for top-bar hive folks. I kind of like having the spot as a...
  22. New Study on Neonics, in Nature (journal), out of Netherlands

    While birds may not always be considered a friend to bees;-), they nonetheless attracts attention and are another indicator species of poor natural conditions.

    Declines in insectivorous birds are...
  23. Re: Workers killing drones --sign of dearth? Should I feed?

    Today's inspection turned up three combs with capped brood, and larvae -- since the pattern looked good (in middle of comb, great circular pattern, pics below), I think this means the hive is queen...
  24. Re: Workers killing drones --sign of dearth? Should I feed?

    That is a very pretty feeder! I'd put something like that on my deck, except we have more wasps than bees.
  25. Re: Workers killing drones --sign of dearth? Should I feed?

    I fed the bees just before a huge storm, and just before leaving town. It's been pretty rainy, and checking the hive is first on my list tomorrow morning. The feeder is inside the hive, so hopefully...
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