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    Re: bees grooming themselves

    I'm not too particular as to who poses for the video...I'm usually just lucky to keep a bee in the view finder while trying to hold the camera steady. :)
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    Yes, there is so much energy from the bees when they are flying around and around. It's almost like standing in a vortex. Them going into my empty log hive was truly unique. A very thrilling...
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    I've got the details here...
    Carving out the inside: http://solarbeez.com/2013/04/26/pats-new-log-hive/
    Carving the face: http://solarbeez.com/2013/04/27/bee-atrice-the-carving/
    Torching it out...
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    They don't call me bee brain for nothing. I had my camera ready. :) I just wish I could have shot the "lift off." I was close, but since it was after 2 pm, I figured they wouldn't be going that...
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    You will absolutely never regret it. I figured I would use it to throw swarms which I could either keep or trade for biodiversity. It's also a great yard ornament. I carry around pictures of it to...
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    Well, I carved the INside...For the outside, I contacted the resident chainsaw carver in town. (I had my wife's permission) :) He's the one that came up with the idea of a pivot hat so I could get...
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    Just about as natural as you can get

    I call myself a 'natural beekeeper,' but this was just plain luck. An August swarm appeared on our plum tree behind my Bee-atrice log hive. I knew it probably came from the log hive and sure...
  8. Re: Honeybees pollinating Tulip Tree blossoms

    Do you see lots of bees on the blossoms? I spent lots of time (I won't say 'hours') but many different trips were made with cameras in hand to try to get some footage with bees. I kept wondering if...
  9. Honeybees pollinating Tulip Tree blossoms

    When I found out what kind of tree this was, I looked around the internet to see if bees pollinated the blossoms. Apparently, east of the Mississippi, Tulip tree blossoms are a big nectar source. ...
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    Re: May flowers attract more than bees

    For many of my gardening years, growing flowers was more of a luxury. Flowers take up space, demand precious water, and can't be eaten. Then I started beekeeping. I realized that to be a good...
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    Can a hive throw two swarms at once?

    I left this nuc hive in the tree all winter. It survived without any intervention on my part. No sugar, pollen substitutes, or meds. Now it's trying to swarm, but the bees have formed two distinct...
  12. Re: Drawn honey frame or pollen frame to use in a swarm trap?

    I'm not sure if this answers your question or not...Hal uses some old comb as well as a little capped honey. I asked how/why he kept the honey. He says he just keeps the 'not so pretty stuff' for...
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    Re: Moving down into the next box

    In my other Warre, I just put a swarm into a three box hive about 10 days ago. Originally it was supposed to be two boxes, but when I was dumping the swarm into the top of the two boxes, I used an...
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    Re: Moving down into the next box

    Is anything wrong with getting the bees to build upward in a Warre?
    I have had great success in getting the bees to move upward using these 'ladders.'...
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    Re: Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    Well, I admit that's sort of a contradiction of terms. If you 'keep bees' that in itself is not completely 'natural.' And catching them in a bag on a pole? You're right. It probably would have...
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    Re: Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    I like that long pole you're using. Did you say that was extendable? I've seen a very expensive fiberglass version, but can you give me the name of the company that makes it? I don't shop Walmart...
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    Re: Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    The hardest thing to get is probably the sail cloth, but it's real smooth so the bees will slide out better.
    When I first read the plans, it called for using rivets. I bought a rivet tool, but I...
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    Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    Because it's swarm season and because this catcher is so easy to make, I shot some photos and video of swarm catcher for those hard to reach swarms. ...
  19. Re: A city property ban on Neonicontinoids in Eugene, Oregon

    These studies suggest there may be a connection between neonics and honeybee deaths. I don't think we can afford to wait. The bees keep dying....
  20. Re: A city property ban on Neonicontinoids in Eugene, Oregon

    That is the 64 million dollar question, but it's a question worth asking because without wild pollinators, the cost of food will skyrocket...do we want to "hand pollinate everything?
  21. Re: A Search for bees in an Arizona desert Neighborhood

    Well, I wasn't about to kick the cinder block off and I used the zoom lens to 'get close.' :)
    Since it looks like you have bees in the desert area, do you have problems with AHB?
  22. A Search for bees in an Arizona desert Neighborhood

    I grew up in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area, but I hadn't ever purposely looked for bees until I returned for a funeral. I wanted to get some shots/videos of bees on desert flowers to show contrast to...
  23. A city property ban on Neonicontinoids in Eugene, Oregon

    I can't take credit for this, but I can be proud that a city in Oregon has passed a first ever ban from using neonicontioid pesticides on city property.
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  24. Re: Bees benefitting from Turnips planted in July

    I won't be getting honey from this hive. We just wanted to provide a home for the bees, grow as many bee-loving flowers as possible (without poisons), and see if the bees could survive without...
  25. Re: Bees benefitting from Turnips planted in July

    I think if you get a chance to watch the video, you'll see the overview of the carved log hive at about 3:56. Looking at it again, I can see how you might think it's carved out of rock. Whew, that...
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