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    Re: Bees favorite plant

    Great post Mikescomic,
    I have had pretty much the same experience with Borage and it is now on my “gotta plant it” list. Got so excited I just did a blog post on it.
    I actually found out about...
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    Re: Bees favorite plant

    I say if the bees are in your yard they can be in your hive. If they can find you flowers, they can find your hive. Good luck.
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    Re: Bees favorite plant

    Dandelions are an extremely important plant for bees. They get pollen and nectar in large quantities from them. I tell everyone I can how important they are. I mow mine in a staggered fashion;...
  4. Re: How to make solitary bee habitat with Japanese Knotweed

    Thanks John
    You should post your suggestion on common reed here since it is equally available.
  5. How to make solitary bee habitat with Japanese Knotweed

    I made a new video on making solitary bee habitat with Japanese Knotweed. This is easy and would make a great school project.

    http://youtu.be/lBVBvThVzXw
  6. Thread: Skunked

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    Re: Skunked

    But I'm the one with the headache; the skunk is happy as a clam! Perhaps I should have the egg/asprin treatment.
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    Re: Skunked

    Well oldbee, I reckon that is how it happened.
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    Re: Skunked

    This is exactly what I love about forums. You put out the problem and all sorts of questions arise. Peter is exactly right. However remember that the first sign is the smell and the second is the...
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    Re: Skunked

    I really haven’t learned anything new except that I need to remember what I know. This was all completely my fault. And yes it was one big skunk. My son said he saw the biggest skunk he had ever...
  10. Thread: Skunked

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    Skunked

    Our bees are all gone. We left Ohio with 3 hives; 1 overstuffed 10 frame and 2 - 8 frame hives. By the time we got to Maine the 10 frame had suffocated; it was a terrible mess. The smaller hives...
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    Re: I have Mason Bee(s)

    I have only had alfalfa leafcutter bees and Mason bees in the same block. If you have variable hole sizes you'll probably get more variety of bees. I assume that your season for mason bees is over...
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    Re: I have Mason Bee(s)

    Bees that work on their galleries will use the sawdust that they chew out just like a mason bee uses mud so I would say that you have another bee using the holes. With mason bees the constant mud...
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    Re: I have Mason Bee(s)

    My season is done and I have around 60 tubes plugged. I'm an equal opportunity landlord....all are welcome. I know for sure I'll have a couple of cuckoo bees since I watch them sneeking from hole...
  14. Re: Swarm Traps - How often do you catch something else?

    This may not be helpful depending on the season in other areas. I have used the “swarm in July isn’t worth a fly” rule and take down my bait hives by 4th of July. That gets me in ahead of the wax...
  15. Re: Loose cocoon vs. whole (inspected) tube management - which do you do?

    OK,
    Next spring I could perhaps do 2 different tests. One with 2 blocks and a release box in the middle and the other could be at a friend’s house with 2 blocks and no seed bees to see what...
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    Re: New to mason bees

    Too late for this season. Here is a video on building mason bee nest blocks.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCGojMmJrGs

    You should be able to start with no seed bees if you are near a...
  17. Re: Swarm Traps - How often do you catch something else?

    I put hardware cloth over the entrance and that seems to work well. I put the hardware cloth on the inside so the bees can get in the hole before encountering the wire. It is the 4 holes per square...
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    Re: Do I REALLY need a divider board?

    Thanks, but I think I see Sam Comfort’s smiling face next to that suggestion in the memory bank.
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    Re: Don't use anything but pure wood!

    dehavik
    You did the right thing...now cut the particle board hives down to 20 inches and make them into bait hives.
  20. Re: Help! Bees are getting stuck in the hardware cloth bottom!

    If you have not done so yet, release your queen. You should not have her on the cold baggie. The bees maybe working too hard to keep her warm to get any work done. And that Russian rule is if you...
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    Re: How long does it take?

    You’ll do just fine with 2 hives; 6 hives would be unrealistic for lots of folks for lots of reasons. I only have 2 hives; 1 strong and 1 weak but I’m not disappointed. I’m not in it for the money...
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    Re: Do I REALLY need a divider board?

    Really the only time you would care about tight fitting followers is if you have made a split in the hive or if you are combining bees. If you have just one colony then it is ok if they slip by now...
  23. Re: Loose cocoon vs. whole (inspected) tube management - which do you do?

    I just pull the tubes and put them in a release box and let nature take its course. I figure 1 tube fills three on average but that may be augmented with the natural population. It seems that if I...
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    Re: how many bees in a tube?

    My experience is an average of 3 females and 4 males per 6 inch tube. Now if you go slightly smaller say 5/16 inch you will get smaller bees and more per tube. Another way to vary tube size is with...
  25. Thread: New to TBH

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    Re: New to TBH

    I think your unloading the honey is also on the money. I put a swarm in a KTBH that was about half full of empty comb in the center and no followers. The hive had a window so the next day I looked...
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