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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Ah, and I forgot ... our strongest hive put on weight. It hasn't rained a drop in two weeks, the forage is too dry to make nectar, and at this time of the year we should be in a dearth anyway. ...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Hive I got a new queen a couple of weeks back, one we raised ourselves. Something went wrong. Last week we thought she was playing dead, lying on the bottom of the hive. Looking in later she'd...
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    Re: Assaulted by the opinion lady...

    Buddha tried this for a while, as one of the "ascetics" who fasted to the extreme, attempting to live on spiritual energy alone. Reportedly he found this unsatisfying. When a girl gave him a bowl...
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    Re: Assaulted by the opinion lady...

    These situations always make me recall a vegetarian friend, who told me he would not eat anything he could talk to. Evidently he even talked to fish. But I know people who talk to their plants, so...
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    Re: Could anyone identify this bee for me?

    Since you're in London, I looked for a bumblebee ID website dealing with the UK.

    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/bombus/_key_colour_british/ck_wtails.html

    I have...
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    Re: Assaulted by the opinion lady...

    In West Virginia, when you buy several 25-lb sacks of sugar, people grin and give you a wink.

    If you toss them into the back of the truck with 50 pounds of corn for the deer, they're pretty sure...
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    Re: Assaulted by the opinion lady...

    Did you notice if her basket contained meat, dairy, or any animal-derived products?

    The "enslaved bee" thing is an argument generally associated with vegans.
  8. Re: Is it worthwhile registering an apiary with the state?

    It depends on your local laws.

    It makes excellent sense in West Virginia, where the laws are beekeeper-friendly and you actually get some protection from whining neighbors if you register. You...
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    Re: Queen Anne's Lace

    Some people call them wild carrots. They're related.
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    Re: Learned something new about milkweed today

    The precipitous decline in Monarchs a few years back turned out to be primarily due not to an overall decline in forage, but due to a bottleneck in the southwest. As they migrate south, they funnel...
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    Re: Learned something new about milkweed today

    Our early nectar season was a bust due to rainy weather and a hard freeze in May. Last year and again this year, we noticed a short flow at the end of June and into July. Last year the flow was...
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    Re: Yearly Hive Loss

    Enjabres,

    I need to show your post to my wife. We had a discussion going over the weekend about naming queens. Two of ours did have names, the Lavender Lady (a gift from our mentor, an excellent...
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    Re: Making July queens

    One challenge, if your summers are a dearth like ours are, is getting the bees to draw comb and lay up stores for the winter. Of our two nucs last year (both of which were fed during the dearth),...
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    Re: Yearly Hive Loss

    Some members of our club are in the "I did not lose any hives at all last winter" camp. They all treat for varroa.

    Then there's the fellow we bought a queen from yesterday. He's "mostly"...
  15. Re: crepe myrtles -- another "has anybody seen.....?"

    We wondered about the crepe myrtles yesterday, while coming back from picking up a new queen. The blooms looked tasty, but we saw no bees on them.

    Variety may have a lot to do with it. Crepe...
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    Re: Making July queens

    We got a couple of really nice queens last summer doing just that.

    We unintentionally got the original queen into one of nucs, but that worked out really well, and many beeks do that deliberately....
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    Re: Queen crawling around on my veil

    I had a queen crawl across my veil about a month ago. Not sure how she got up there but I doubt she flew. It was a bad move on her part because we were looking to pinch her. Her mama had swarmed...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    One caged queen was dug out, probably very recently. No brood seen yet. We spotted her playing dead in the bottom of the hive, near the entrance. I peeked in an hour later and she was gone, so the...
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    Re: AAAGH! These women never NEVER listen!

    Dan, you left something out here. When you went to the bee meeting, what did the bees have to tell you? :)
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    Re: AAAGH! These women never NEVER listen!

    Our favorite queen pulled that on us last year. We made two nucs but left the original hive pretty strong. We checked the frames carefully, but still, the old girl snuck into one of the nucs.
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    Re: Wax Moths! - Colony Dead

    Either method above should work.

    I have a third option I've been developing, not for everyone but just right for a few. High levels of CO2 will kill wax moth larvae. I had great fun over the...
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    Re: Good news for TF in my local I think

    I've been getting TF stock and then treating anyway. I'm a wuss.

    We just did a sugar roll on a nuc we made last summer, now in an 8-frame hive. The roll dropped 4 mites ... pretty good...
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    Re: Discovery of OAV

    Picture this ... someone gets up at zero-dark-thirty to get ready to go out to their deer stand. Fumbling around in the cabin, they find the container of tick powder and shake it on liberally. ...
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    Re: Discovery of OAV

    Mine doesn't do that. I added a PID digital temperature controller and a thermocouple to regulate it.
  25. Thread: Cats and Bees

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    Re: Cats and Bees

    I kept a nuc at a neighbor's place last year. He has a gorgeous red tabby, a very friendly cat, who spent hours lying on top of the nuc. The cat did not bother the bees and the bees did not bother...
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