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    Re: pollen 11-1-2012

    Depending on where you are in the U.S. witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is in bloom now. The flowers often go unnoticed because the plant flowers so late in the year, the flowers are yellow and...
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    Re: Peppermint soap and bees?

    The peppermint oil repels some pests but it doesn't apply very evenly on its own (plus a little goes a long way) so it is diluted with soapy water to break the surface tension of the oil and the...
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    Re: Looking foe a bee suit

    I got a jacket with a zip off veil from Glory Bee and it seems fine. Cost about $35 plus shipping. It is a little odd in that the zipper to zip the jacket is "backward". I mean the zip part is on...
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    Re: Good per hive average?

    Water weighs 8 pounds per gallon. Honey is heavier than water.

    --Sherman
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    Re: Newbee Question About Swarm Behavior

    Thanks for the feedback everyone! I've been watching them pretty closely the last few days and I don't believe robbing is going on. I opened the hive on Friday and there were enough bees to cover 6...
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    Re: Interesting bee predator

    Peter,

    The spider appears to be a Goldenrod Crab Spider. I'm not an expert but have seen a bunch of similar ones and looked it up at one time. They hide out on flowers and eat insects that visit...
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    Newbee Question About Swarm Behavior

    I'm definitely new at this, one hive started from a 3lb package in early May. They have drawn 7 combs in the bottom deep (8 frame equipment) and I added a second deep about 3 weeks ago. Did an...
  8. Thread: golden rod

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    Re: golden rod

    Tons of goldenrod in our area (Northern Illinois). If you have any in your area you can gather the seeds in fall. Wait for the seedheads to turn brown and start to get sort of fluffy. Put the...
  9. Thread: BetterBee

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    Re: BetterBee

    Just the opposite here. Got a delivery missing an item, sent an email and had the item in a couple days. No hassles, they just shipped it (free).

    --Sherman
  10. Re: Need help to get bees to go to different water source!!! ASAP

    Try using an entrance feeder filled with just water. It is right there in the hive and they will probably use it. Of course in hot weather you'll be refilling it often but maybe that's better than...
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2012

    Linden (basswood) started in Northern Illinois, should be full bloom in another day or two.

    --Sherman
  12. Thread: Feeders

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    Re: Feeders

    I've got a BeeMax feeder from BetterBee. It has a unique design in that the access to the feeder is at one end rather than the middle. There is a plastic 'U' shaped piece that fits over the wall...
  13. Re: Terrence Ingram - 11 Hives Destroyed by the IDofA

    Just received an email from the Illinois State Beekeepers Association. It doesn't identify the beekeeper but since there seems to be such an uproar about this case I am assuming this is what the...
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    Bees Eating/Collecting dirt?

    Yesterday I was doing some work in the yard which exposed the soil. I noticed honeybees landing on the newly exposed soil and they appeared to be both licking the soil and "chewing" it for lack of a...
  15. Re: what is this tree that is blooming in missouri?

    Sounds like Sourwood. Here's a link to a page with a photo of the flowers.

    http://www.tuckaleecheeapiaries.com/honey.htm

    --Sherman
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    Re: Pockethole Jig...for constructing boxes?

    A rabbet plane or shoulder plane will make perfect rabbets, no electricity required. Since the rabbets would be on the ends of the boards and cut across the grain you ideally want a plane with...
  17. Re: Nice Letter from Michael Bush in March 2012 ABJ re TBH's

    Thanks to Mr. Bush for writing such a well-reasoned reply! I'll be a new beek this spring using Langs so I'm not a TB fanatic and that article seemed about as anti-topbar as possible. I think that...
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