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  1. Re: Any ideas on what I saw going on in the beeyard this morning?

    Well no doubt it was a small swarm. That it came back towards 2 colonies @15' apart was the mystery. I wondering if a supercedure was taking place and one of the extra queens ran off with a small...
  2. Any ideas on what I saw going on in the beeyard this morning?

    About 9 AM I heard the sound of a swarm. There was no such activity coming out of the 12 colonies I have at this location. !5' up in a dogwood, I saw a swarm about the size of a baseball-very small...
  3. Re: Need method to move swarm from empty nuc to one with frames

    Thanks for all your replies to my situation. I took an empty, bottomless nuc and an empty nuc super out to the girls around noon. They had taken about a pint of the sugar water so it seemed they...
  4. Need method to move swarm from empty nuc to one with frames

    Yesterday afternoon a swarm from who knows where flew into the shelter where I keep my extra equipment. I have nice nuc boxes with comb sitting on top of stacks of empty supers, but these girls...
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    Dry one(?) pesticide potency

    A pesticide guy called me to do a cut out at an apartment building. His helper, in order to supposedly to help me, dusted the colony entrance the night before my job with something called Dry One. I...
  6. Thread: Comb fungus

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    Comb fungus

    I have some supers I have not used yet this year, and maybe won't as it is late to expect a harvest in the lower edge of the Piedmont in NC. I was going through a stack of previously used supers and...
  7. Why don't the girls don't want to clean up loose honey?

    I just finished a nasty removal which involved collecting several gallons of uncapped honey (probably lost as much on the ladder, gloves, clothes, tools etc). I brought it back to the bee yard and...
  8. Bee Loss: could Fukushima be playing a role?

    As researchers try to find the culprit in the increasing loss of bees, do any of the studies look at radiation levels in the colonies? Lot's of strange results showing up around the world now, some...
  9. Re: Quession about sugar for Michael Bush, or volunteers

    Michael, thanks, I'll give it a try. FYI, I've used a tsp or lemon juice per quart and all has been quiet. WJP
  10. Quession about sugar for Michael Bush, or volunteers

    With the "dearth" on here in Charlotte, NC area, I'm doing a bit of feeding to the cut-outs and small swarms I've brought home. At M. Bush's presentation to Mecklenburg County Beekeepers on 8/5 he...
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    Trapout mystery

    On Sunday July 8 I set up a trap to remove bees from the cinder block walls of a microwave (or whatever) relay station. On Tuesday afternoon, I got a call from the owners, managers and tennants that...
  12. Done queenless with no supercedure or swarm cells

    For the 5th ot 6th time (at least) this year, I have a colony that has gone queenless, and the girls have not shown any evidence of constructing supercedure or swarm cells. To make sure I'm not...
  13. How many times will a queen re-use a cell in a brood box ?

    Just wondering if anyone has done the research on how many times a queen will re-use a cell in the brood box.
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    Re: Thoughts on metal hive body

    Several years ago I found a railroad tariff classification for metal bee hives. I've asked around the railroad and bee suppliers and no one can tell me about them. They sure would not help keep bees...
  15. How should I handle a colony that was hit by a pest control company?

    Just did a cut-out after a homeowner gave up on a pest control spray company. Doing the work, it looks like maybe 5% of the bees got killed. Spraying was done on the entrance only, which is a copper...
  16. Do horse meds sicken, kill or weaken bee colonies?

    I have 3 bee yards, with one being at a horse farm. All yards are on the edge of hardwood forests providing maple, holly and tulip poplar. The colonies at the horse farm are filling with dead bees....
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    How many beekeepers in USA?

    Can any provide a recent estimate of the number of all types (from 2 to 1,00's of colonies) of honey bee keepers in the USA?
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    What is it about bees and trucks?

    My wife who is in China doing business reports that a truckload carrying 250 hives jack- knifed in a tunnel near Shanghai. It seems every month or so I read of a truck load of bees having difficulty....
  19. Free to anyone 15 empty bee packages (Charlotte, NC)

    If anyone wants 15 empty bee packages, they are yours to pick up in Waxhaw, NC. Let me know, first come, first serve.
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    Re: Colony Awareness of Other Colonies

    They are all aware of which hive(s) is/are weak and seek an opportunity to rob.
  21. What to tell about bees when making a presentation to the public

    I'm doing a presentation to a community group called "Bees, wasps and hornets: What you need to know" I just thought I would find out what other beekeeps that make presentations to the public think...
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    Re: FGMO regular use, anyone using?

    I've never done this, nor conceive a reason for it. The strings and fogging do my girls well.
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    Most Reliable Solar Electric Fence?

    I've had 2 posts about keeping bears out of my hives using other than electric. Based on many of your replies, I've convinced my host in the NC mtns. to let me use a solar powered electric fence at a...
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    Re: FGMO Emultion Soaked Cord Recipe

    Chris, I've used FGMO for 7 years with no hives lost to varroa. Try a mix of 1/3 of honey, 1/3 wax and 1/3 FGMO. You do not have to be precise, when you lay 3 cords across the top bars of the brood...
  25. Re: Caught a swarm yesterday. Something weird happened. Got questions

    It is usually the old queen that leaves with the swarm, but it is not unknown for a virgin queen to go as well, especially if bad weather held the swarm from leaving when they wanted to. However, the...
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