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    Re: will moth balls hurt bees?

    The local Master Gardeners spray their teaching garden with Bobbex deer repellant. So far as I know, the stuff is harmless to bees ... our beekeeper's association has three hives at that garden. ...
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    Re: Speculation on CCD and sunspots ...

    The experiment described is interesting but I think it is way off track regarding CCD. What they describe amounts to sticking a small magnet on a compass to throw it off, a mean trick Pappy...
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    Re: Speculation on CCD and sunspots ...

    Good point. It might happen. I worked on a solar navigation experiment a few years ago and that was about the time a news item came out suggesting the Vikings used "sunstones" for navigation. The...
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    Speculation on CCD and sunspots ...

    I thought I'd go ahead and post this link to get a discussion started. I tracked this down after seeing a couple of fairly implausible short articles on the web. The first one I saw was on Google...
  5. Re: What do bees and ukuleles have in common? Me!

    Lovely voice!

    My previous experience with a uke-enthusiast friend involved a particular comic artist he wanted to mimic that was so bad I never bothered to remember the name.
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    Re: Old Cedar for smoker ok>?

    Cedar shavings supposedly make good filling for quilts if you use a quilt box. I'm planning to buy a bag soon and try it myself this winter.

    Shavings light easily but my experience is they burn...
  7. Thread: New Queen

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    Re: New Queen

    We've got a similar experiment going. We thought we were losing a queen so we started a nuc from a healthy hive, hoping they would raise a queen. The nuc produced three queen cells. As of...
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    Re: Fumigate full supers with dry ice?

    Carbon dioxide gas at 80% or greater is a good fumigant, and is rated GRAS (generally recognized as safe). A friend of mine works for the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and uses it to kill pests...
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    Re: tankless water heater

    I've got a cranky old Onan 7.5JB (7.5 kW) with voltage regulator problems. I don't recommend it. Several of my friends have the tan ones that you get at Home Depot, and they're entirely pleased. ...
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    Re: Top feeder vs. Frame Feeder

    My frame feeder is a bee-drowning device. The only robbing I've had was with the frame feeder.

    I prefer my top feeder. I've added screened vents to it. There is no top entrance and any robbers...
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    Re: All the talk about goldenrod....

    We've been seeing goldenrod everywhere EXCEPT where our bees are. But we've had other stuff, particularly wingstem.

    What made us shout was on Wednesday when we got to the turn about 3 miles from...
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    Re: Found a V Mite on a drone - Treat?

    Count. Sugar rolls (sugar shakes) do little harm to the bees and give pretty good results. There are a thousand guides on the internet ... here's one of them.
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  13. Thread: Varroa Bomb?

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    Re: Varroa Bomb?

    Do you still have drones? I'm pretty sure when they kick the drones out that there's a major dustup with the mites. If they're pulling drone brood out, the viable mites on the drone pupae scramble...
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    Re: 2 videos I recently made

    I've got a friend with bees that bump the camera like that. Mine rarely do.

    How do we get the camera companies to make white cameras?
  15. Thread: Drone removal

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    Re: Drone removal

    Like Pharaoh's edict, one of our hives, (I-O) started with the young. Drone pupae by the dozen were being dragged out of one hive yesterday. But that may be hygenic behavior after a formic acid...
  16. Re: They're flying all over my yard., what are they doing?

    Update on my robbing solution: After leaving the new nuc, installed in a nuc observation hive in its new location 100 ft from the original hive, they were doing splendidly. No signs of robbing. I...
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    Re: tankless water heater

    I was kinda wondering where that came from. I use solar for heating a floor but sure would not bother in a honey house in late summer ... my panels are covered over and the system off.

    If I were...
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    Re: WOW--Fast Blooming Buckwheat

    Well, I'm disappointed in our little patch. The girls are ignoring it. I made a special point of checking this morning.

    The nuc is going after chicory, the big hive apparently is still after...
  19. Re: Alternative Protein for extra brood rearing (For overwintering success) Need Reci

    Our local bee supplier enthusiastically pushes a soy flour based concoction he calls Beezilla. The distinction is that it is boosted with vitamins. I have no opinion as to the effectiveness, but I...
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    Re: Shelter & insulation

    Dave, was it you who was wondering about bee autopsies?

    Not much information there, but a good reason to look for answers.
  21. Re: Why are there still so many drones in one hive?

    AKA Frostbite Falls.

    There are a number of names I expect realtors hate. Frostbite Falls I'm sure they'd like to lose, but nearby is Thief River Falls, a town known to anyone that buys electronic...
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    Re: Varroa Mite mobility?

    Agree with Michael ... the little beggars can move with incredible speed for what looks like a seed with legs totally unsuited to mobility. I've watched them on a dry Freeman oil tray. They can't...
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    Re: Mites are doing very good this season.

    The last sugar roll on hive A returned zero mites, and the hive dropped 14 during the week.

    The last roll on hive O produced 4 mites, but the drop rate to the IPM board was quite high, so I gave...
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    Re: Do bees know their beekeeper?

    An interesting insight related to me recently by a member of our bee club is that it is her opinion that bees seem to have no sense of danger whatsoever. That's an interesting idea, but a bit tricky...
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    Re: Do bees know their beekeeper?

    I was once riding with a vegetarian, and looked wistfully at a KFC as we drove past. I asked him why he was a vegetarian. He said he wouldn't eat anything he could talk to. I suggested he'd be in...
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