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  1. Thread: lilys?

    by Dave Burrup
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    Re: lilys?

    I am surprised to see the bees in the picture working lilies. We have some asiatic and I have never seen anything work them.
    Dave
  2. Re: Emergency Queen Cup despite productive queen?

    Hives build queen cups just because. You have nothing to be concerned with until there is an egg, larvae, or royal jelly. They will build them and sometimes turn around and tear them down only to...
  3. Re: queen cell after introducing a new queen?

    I have not found queen cells being built during the introduction of a new queen unusual at all. I suspect that this might be the cause of introduction failures. This year we put the new queens in...
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    Re: Frame feeders: making a no-drown top

    We use window screen fan folded and opened up in the frame feeder. The folds are wide enough to span the width of the feeder. This arrangement when opened up in the feeder gives V shaped feeding...
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    Re: How to varroa treat bees in a tree?

    If you have the bees going in and out of the tree through the deep I would suggest putting an Apivar strip in the deep so the bees have to pass over it to get in and out. Apivar works as a contact...
  6. Re: Is it normal that they are capping sugar water?

    Any food source, be it nectar or sugar water, if in excess of the daily food requirements will be stored in the comb and capped.
    Dave
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    Re: Any cons to buckwheat?

    The only down side I can think of is taste and color. Buckwheat honey is dark and strong flavored. Both of these are fine with me, but some people do not like either. We have planted some...
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    Re: Poisoned bee hives

    What disturbs me the most about this, she is the only one that admitted to action against non-native species, but I have known others with the same attitude. I have eaves dropped on conversation...
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    Re: Pounds vs Gallons-

    Honey averages close to 12 lbs/ gallon. Our sales are based on weight. A deep frame full of capped honey is supposed to weigh 10 lbs. A full medium super is supposed to have 30 lbs of honey in it....
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    Re: Poisoned bee hives

    I would not disagree shinbone.
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    Poisoned bee hives

    How many have had a neighbor intentionally poison a hive or hives?

    What about encounters with extreme environmentalists that are against honey bees because they are not native to the USA?

    I had...
  12. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    The parallel with bees I was after with the bear is this. Even though the almost constant diet of meat allowed the bear to raise an unbelievable number of young, and was the probable reason for her...
  13. Re: NY Times Editorial: "Risking Another Silent Spring".

    We picked potato beetles, and dug dandelions. Since imidicloprid came out I have not even seen a potato beetle in more than 10 years. Before imid they sprayed organophospates and carbamates every...
  14. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    Here is a good example of how natural selection works in the real world. I spent 4 years working on Grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park. One of the problems with that population of grizzlies is...
  15. Re: NY Times Editorial: "Risking Another Silent Spring".

    I know he won't answer the question. I have asked it many times before. He does not have a clue what the answer would be or the consequences of getting his way. I have listen to environmental...
  16. Re: NY Times Editorial: "Risking Another Silent Spring".

    WLC I have asked you this before as have others, and I have never seen you answer the question. If the neonics are banned what are we going to use instead?
    Dave
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    Re: How Do You Spell Honey?

    I am real envious! Our bee pasture bloomed real good, but there did not seem to be any nectar in it. The honey crop looks to be like last year. Three years ago we had double last years crop. Our...
  18. Thread: Epi-Pen

    by Dave Burrup
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    Re: Epi-Pen

    The pens are expensive, but if you really need one I would not gamble on an expired one. They do not put those dates on them to make money.
    Dave
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    Re: adding a queen

    I agree with Joseph give them a frame of brood with eggs. If they have a young queen that has not started laying yet they will not build queen cells. If she did not make it back from her mating...
  20. Re: Capped Queen Cell in centre of Frame.. no other Q Cells?

    The primary swarm leaves with the old queen. Soon after they have established a new hive they will superceed her. Leave the queen cell alone the bees know best. It is not unusual for them to keep...
  21. Thread: Borage

    by Dave Burrup
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    Re: Borage

    Buckwheat only produces nectar in the morning. A patch that is absolutely crawling with bees in the morning will have very few to no bees in the afternoon. Borage produces nectar from dawn to dusk...
  22. Thread: Borage

    by Dave Burrup
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    Re: Borage

    Buckwheat
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    Re: Sainfoin Success

    I hope it does well for you, the bees love it. It needs a calcareous alkaline soil, and is not supposed to do well in acid soils. It requires a unique inoculum. The inoculum for clover and alfalfa...
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    Re: bee pond a mosquito haven

    It takes flowing water to adversely affect mosquitoes. An air stone will not do the job. I use the mosquito dunks with no problem with the bees using the water. They only work on the small larvae...
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    Re: Where have all the butterflies gone?

    Everybody always jumps to blame farmers and insecticides. I have never heard or read anything about spraying alfalfa during bloom. If it is sprayed at all, it is for weevils and that happens before...
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