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    Re: Goldenrod honey

    Sounds like buckwheat honey to me. Black as molasses and VERY flavorful.
  2. Re: Old rule- Bees coming in with pollen indicate a queen?

    I have a queenless hive with laying workers, and they are bringing in tons of pollen to feed their drone babies. I don't think it's the presence of a queen that matters, but rather the presence of...
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    Re: Need flower and plant ID

    I agree with Dame's Rocket for the pink ones. The white ones with the serrated leaves is Arrowwood Viburnum. The bees love the Arrowwood, and it blooms right around the same time as Red Osier...
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    Re: Can bees sting through kitchen gloves?

    Yes. I have been stung through the latex kitchen gloves, but only when I have accidentally pinched a bee. I don't think they would be able to apply enough pressure to sting through it on their own.
  5. Antihistamines to prevent bad reaction to stings?

    I take Loratadine (a 24-hour antihistamine) every morning, all spring and summer for my pollen allergies. In my two years of beekeeping, I have been stung 5 or 6 times, mostly on the fingertips...
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    Re: brood in super

    I allow them to expand the brood nest as far into the supers as they want, and add more supers above when needed for more honey storage. This is called an unlimited brood nest. I believe it is...
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    Re: Concerned about ventilation due to ants

    You could try a product called Tanglefoot. It's sticky, resinous gunk that comes in a tube. You spread it as a barrier to ants and they can't get past it because they get stuck in it. Also, make...
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    Re: Moving down into the next box

    Here's what I think is happening, as I have experienced with my Warre as well as my Langstroths:

    The colony starts on installation with a limited number of workers to build comb, forage, nurse the...
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    Re: Nectar Flow, zone 5, Illinois

    I'm in zone 6a, so I'm probably just a week or two ahead of you, and our flow is in full swing. You should look for honeysuckle and autumn olive, which are just finishing up for us now. Black...
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    Re: Can this be a laying worker?

    Thanks, Michael. I will proceed on the assumption that I have laying workers, and continue to give them frames of open brood. Should I stop transferring frames when I see queen cells with larvae,...
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    Re: Can this be a laying worker?

    Note that I was referring to pinching a "drone-laying queen", assuming that I had one, not a laying worker(s). The drone-laying queen would be as easy to find as any other queen.
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    Can this be a laying worker?

    I have a new package of bees that was installed in one deep of drawn comb 3 weeks ago. I inspected for the first time the other day (after checking for queen release 3 days after installation), and...
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    Re: Post your bloom dates 2013!

    zipcode = 44234
    Hiram, Ohio
    Northeast Ohio

    May 20
    Black Locust
  14. Moldy comb/honey O.K. to leave in deadout hives?

    I have two deadouts that have some moldy comb, as well as some thin (probably fermenting) honey/nectar dripping out of open cells. Is it O.K. to leave that comb in the hive for the new bees to clean...
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    Re: Pollen already?

    I'm in Northeast Ohio, and we had a two-day warm spell in the lower 70s a week and a half ago. I saw my bees bringing in light yellow pollen in large quantities, but have no idea what it could have...
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    Re: white boneset

    In my area of NE Ohio, the boneset starts blooming a few weeks before goldenrod, and continues for a week or two after goldenrod starts blooming fully. The bees seem to completely disregard the...
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    Re: Is lots of uncapped honey normal?

    Keefis,

    I don't mean to be a jerk, but as a scientist, my critical thinking skills won't allow me to believe anything without thinking about whether it even makes any sense. In this case, the...
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    Re: Refractometer

    What type of fluid did you use to calibrate your refractometer? Which model do you have? Can you include a link to the instructions, or upload a scanned file of the instructions?
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    Re: Fire danger from smoker

    I have never see an ember get sucked into the bellows, but I used to get flames sucked into the bellows and was afraid it was going to melt the plastic fake leather on the bellows. So I came up with...
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    Re: White pollen?

    Jewelweed has white pollen. A tell-tale sign for Jewelweed is that sometimes you will see it on their backs, due to the stamens patting the bee on the back when they reach in for the nectar.
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    Re: How long after queen cell?

    See Michael Bush's Bee Math.
  22. Re: Why backfilling broodnest w/plenty overhead?

    As the flow winds down, they reduce the size of the brood nest and back fill with honey. This reduces the size of the population and conserves stores during the summer dearth. I have observed this...
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    Re: What is this???????

    Milkweed Pollinia?
  24. Re: My hives are getting robbed , put on a robber screen, what's this ? Picture inclu

    Steve,

    I had a very similar experience last fall, and I am now hesitant to use the robber screens. I had what I thought was robbing, because I had bees flying all around the hive all day long...
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    Re: Dogbane and bees.

    The plant is toxic, but I don't know about the toxicity of the nectar. I have a lot of Dogbane (Indian Hemp) blooming in my area and I have never seen a honeybee working it. That is surprising,...
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