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    Re: Who's afraid of the big bad hornet?

    It is not the big hornets that bother me, its the little ones. They aim for my lower lip or chin. I've concluded they don't like my beard.

    I personally find these critters fascinating, and...
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    Re: 2015's Queen marking color easier to see

    So does this mean this year's color will turn all the queens into social outcasts? This could be a Bad Year.

    Maybe I'll mark a couple of workers first and see how the girls respond.
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    Re: What is your favorite hive configuration?

    My favorite configuration of supers is irrelevant. The bees must be delighted with it. Fortunately, they are easy to please. My wife favors 8-frame mediums because she's a girl. We're running...
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    Re: Getting the kids interested

    On the sting problem, a thought just occurred to me.

    Unless you have a really bad reaction, a sting is not much worse, if as bad, as getting a splinter while woodworking, or hitting your thumb...
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    Re: Getting the kids interested

    Our first bee club meeting of the year was filled to overflowing ... all the newbees in our latest class attended, and a lot of those are families. I got a kick out of a little girl one row ahead of...
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    Re: Doolittle's paddle for that "scolding" bee

    So it is not just my imagination. An individual bee will indeed follow you away from the hive and repeatedly bump. I've never passed the death penalty for that, but I will admit to the temptation.
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    Re: Reading dropped cappings in winter

    I don't have a shim in place but I did make quilt boxes (you described them for me ... thanks!). My quilt box screen is installed with about a shim's worth of space under the screen to make room for...
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    Re: killed bees using landscape straw?

    It would be hard to say just what you would breed, but hay infusions are a favorite way to get protozoa (more easily seen under a microscope than bacteria, more fun to watch, and a favorite for...
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    Re: killed bees using landscape straw?

    Pesticide, fungicide, and poison are all possibilities, but straw or hay in water is also a way to raise microbes. Hay infusions were one of the early media used to find microbes for primitive...
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    Re: Reading dropped cappings in winter

    At the moment I'm weighing them on a digital hanging scale with about 0.2 pound resolution. I weigh by suspending the entire hive by a binding strap, so the reading should be pretty accurate. Most...
  11. Re: If at first you don't suceed.....blah, blah, blah...

    In our county, our regional beekeeper's association has hooked up with local exterminators and emergency services providers, and gets virtually all of the swarm calls. Within our club, a lot of...
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    Reading dropped cappings in winter

    We have one beekeeper in our club known for her ability to read cappings. I've never had any formal training in this but it sounds useful. My hives are equipped with Freeman beetle traps, so I...
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    Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    I'm just trying to imagine a swarm of this size.

    http://www.coxshoney.com/honey-articles/top-10-craziest-bee-swarms
  14. Thread: SUGAR

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    Re: SUGAR

    Sez the guy from Alabama.

    I won't disagree with feeding them, but the further north you go the earlier the bees will lose interest in syrup. One of my hives could make 2 gallons of 2:1 vanish...
  15. Thread: SUGAR

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    Re: SUGAR

    Not funny to the poor yankee bees who don't get out for a good cleansing all winter.

    My girls are eagerly awaiting 46 F temperatures on Sunday. Which makes me wonder if the contaminants in...
  16. Thread: SUGAR

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    Re: SUGAR

    Not quite. The granulated cane sugar we use, sucrose, is a dimer of glucose and fructose. Granulated sugar has very little of the monomer molecules. But mixed with water, a lot of the dimer form...
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    Re: SUGAR

    Our bee club speaker last night was the author of Hives In The City. One of the cities where she has interviewed beekeepers is Baltimore. Baltimore is not what you'd call a "green" city, and the...
  18. Thread: Apiary Laws

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    Re: Apiary Laws

    That's a pretty mild set of recommended beekeeping practices for an urban environment. We have a slightly more detailed list of recommended beekeeping practices for West Virginia, and if we register...
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    Re: Home made branding iron

    We inherited an actual cattle branding iron. It was not in condition to brand flat wood (the business end was not flat enough), but I've belt-sanded it so it should work. I have not tried it yet. ...
  20. Thread: 2015 plans

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    Re: 2015 plans

    Keep on learning. One of the lessons from this year is that it sure would be nice to keep a nuc or two in reserve, so I hope to learn to overwinter a couple next winter. If we don't need them, we...
  21. Re: Olivarez bees/ Italians or New World Carniolan

    But they did it while being fed. In the first failure, the queen disappeared. In the second failure, the population dwindled down to about enough bees to cover my hand, with winter looming,...
  22. Re: Olivarez bees/ Italians or New World Carniolan

    I had two Olivarez Carniolan queens. They were great at first. We found their offspring to be gentle, industrious, had low mite loads, and were a terror to any carpenter bee that tried to enter the...
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    Re: Formic Acid Flash Treatment

    Peter P,

    The West Virginia University SARE grant project did not find a problem with formic acid killing the queen, but they did find that about 25% of the time it resulted in the workers balling...
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    Re: Newbeek tip # 5 Wax moths

    I'd say the recommendation to freeze used equipment is good for reasons other than wax moths. When I was just starting my mentor gave us some empty comb to give our nucs a head start. I inspected...
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    Re: Formic Acid Flash Treatment

    I have used formic acid using a fumigation technique written up at West Virginia University. I've only tried it once, and it seems to have worked OK. It does kill a small number of bees, but...
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