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    Re: Central florida plant identification

    I have heard that bees really like sumac. I think they are done blooming now, as the ones in your photos have berries, and those would come after blooming.
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    Re: Central florida plant identification

    Photos 3 and 4 are winged sumac.
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    Re: Mann Lake's Pro Winter Patties

    I got "patties" this way two years ago, but not from Mann Lake I don't think. A big gooey glob wrapped in saran wrap.
    There are little pieces of paper in between so I was able to dissect what must...
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    Re: Bees seem runny but not aggressive?

    The queen is a grand-daughter (I think), of a VPBees Spartan line queen. open-mated, in Maryland. I got her from a guy who, as I recall, is outbreeding the VP stock in a program with Adam...
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    Re: Bees seem runny but not aggressive?

    sorry, I should have said they're in a two deep nuc. queen is laying fine. there is no congestion at the entrance, and they're on a screened bottom board. wasn't using smoke, but I normally do...
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    Re: Bees seem runny but not aggressive?

    I don't think they are being bothered by anything- they are in a nuc with a 1 inch opening, and I spotted zero hive beetles (yay, harsh winter!) and no other possible irritants.they aren't acting...
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    Bees seem runny but not aggressive?

    I have a nuc that I started about the first of July with a purchased queen. they are doing well at building up and storing food. I went in today to look at them, and they were all just running...
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    Re: How long for new queen to start laying?

    FWIW, in my location, with my bees, I very recently had a queen hatch under similar circumstances and she started laying in 10 days. She has gotten bigger since hatching, and has darkened a bit.
  9. Re: Is there an equivalent "FDA" group that approves ne meds or supplements for bees?

    Looks like the answer is, in part, yes. See this link on drugs approved for controlling AFB http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/AnimalHealthLiteracy/ucm309134.htm

    BTW, there is no...
  10. Re: Which perrenials are you planting this fall?

    if you're looking for garden-type plants rather than crops, caryopteris, which is pretty drought tolerant, blooms in August here and the bees love it. it comes In several varieties, and it's very...
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    Re: Mowing around the hives

    My bees like to attack the mower. I put on my bee suite to mow in front of them. Yep, the neighbors and passers-by are amused. I always mow there LAST, so I can go inside while they're calming...
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    Re: Do anyone know what this plant or weed is

    I always thought fleabane had really thin, threadlike flower petals. Allans pix seem to have wider petals.
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    Re: Rocks in the hive?

    This may be really dumb, but could they be mummies from chalkbrood? I have had chalkbrood (or what I guess is chalkbrood) and the mummies are white or dark or both, and look like little stones on...
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    Re: Do anyone know what this plant or weed is

    yes, you are right. not feverfew. that eliminates one white flower with yellow centers that grows by the road!
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    Re: Do anyone know what this plant or weed is

    Could be feverfew, which grows very well in the wild.
  16. Re: Nurse bees for nuc--lack of planning on my part

    ah I hadn't thought of that. thanks. sounds like a winner.
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    perfect, thanks. the nuc and the mothership are on opposite sides of my yard. didn't know if it would be bad for the brood on the frames to be shaken to be carried around. sounds like it shouldn't...
  18. Nurse bees for nuc--lack of planning on my part

    I made up a split last weekend and didnt shake in extra nurse bees. D'oh--the bees were feisty and I was working too fast. I plan to let them raise their own queen, and suspect they are going to...
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    Re: Fever following multiple stings

    I usually have a fever if I get multiple stings at once. I get stung all the time, and it's only when I get multiples that I get a fever. it lasts 12 hr or less. I also have relatively large local...
  20. Re: Swarm from new split with just Queen and nurse bees?

    Thanks.
    Split to a 10 frame. There were LOTS of bees, thus the split. Basically split a large colony in two, with honey and pollen for both. BTW they had their original queen with them. Colony at...
  21. Swarm from new split with just Queen and nurse bees?

    Hope this hasnt been covered a million times. Is it at all likely that a new split that just contains brood, nurse bees, and a queen would swarm? Why would they disappear and abandon brood? Would...
  22. Re: Honey Bound to Pollen Bound Please Advise.

    not to hijack the thread, but when you say switch the supers, do you mean supers or brood boxes? I have a big colony that has filled the bottom broad box with honey and pollen and is primarily...
  23. Re: Cloudy honey - first time I've seen this

    my crush and strain is always a little cloudy. 600 micron filter. I have always assumed that it was pollen. no negative effects that I know of. doesn't crystallize, just stays slightly cloudy.
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    drone comb not needed?

    I gave one of my colonies a frame to build drone comb on so I could trap mites. they apparently had a good laugh over that and built worker comb instead. I haven't ever had bees that didn't want to...
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    Re: Accidental instantaneous combine....

    I did the same thing earlier this year--the "slits" I cut in the newspaper ended up more like holes. it all worked out fine for me. no fighting, no excess dead bees. hope yours are fine too.
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