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    Re: Wax moth destruction

    Ok. I haven't gone down into the bottom box yet to see the situation. If there aren't as many bees down there as I hope, is it ok to leave some frames out, i.e. have a box with fewer frames than it...
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    Re: Wax moth destruction

    Oh great. Moths AND hive beetles. I had been keeping an eye out for beetles but I've only seen one or two on occasion. Thanks so much for the info on all this. It feels like I have mountains to learn...
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    Wax moth destruction

    I have a weak hive but every time I inspected it (every few weeks) it looked fine - larvae, capped brood, enough honey. I decided to just leave it alone for a bit. Then this weekend I noticed a TON...
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    Re: Bees are angry

    I use shredded paper (I have an old paper shredder and keep junk mail just for this purpose). It lights much more easily than cotton and seems to stay lit for me. I can never keep the standard...
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    Is this robbing or something else?

    I have 2 hives, one of which looks fine inside but has had almost no foraging activity. Then, this morning at 7 I woke up to find a cloud of bees around that hive. They are still at it, 5 hours...
  6. Re: First honey extraction - storage question

    Thanks!
  7. First honey extraction - storage question

    Hi, All,

    I know this is an uneducated question, but I hope you can educate me.

    I have 2 hives that I installed last spring. One swarmed early and the other swarmed later this spring. The second...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    One of my hives swarmed today (4/6) in Maryland 20910, zone 7. 2pm, weather around 60 degrees and sunny. I was out in the yard and thought it was an orientation flight at first. They landed on a...
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    Re: More mysteries to me - empty frames

    I have a hive top feeder in addition to the entrance feeder. Bought 30 pounds of sugar this morning to make 2:1 syeyp for my 2 hives so hopefully that will get them a good start on creating winter...
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    Re: More mysteries to me - empty frames

    Hi, All,

    Thank you again for all the help. I did a deeper inspection today. There is definitely robbing going on (or attempts at least). I saw bees fighting in the grass this afternoon. I went to...
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    Re: More mysteries to me - empty frames

    Nope- I took them both off since there wasn't going to be any honey.
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    Re: More mysteries to me - empty frames

    Thanks, Rudy! I put in some makeshift reducers this morning. I watched some youtube videos of robbing and read some things. I didn't know what that looked like and I wouldn't have distinguished it...
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    Re: More mysteries to me - empty frames

    Thank you everyone, for all the really helpful advice and support. I am trying really hard with these bees. I so appreciate all the guidance and advice. Thanks!
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    Re: More mysteries to me - empty frames

    Thanks for the advice.

    I do not have a mentor. I do belong to the Montgomery County Beekeepers' Association, but haven't found a lot of helpful things there. Maybe I don't know where to look.
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    Re: More mysteries to me - empty frames

    There were no eggs, larva, capped brood, nothing. I didn't get to look deeply for the queen. There was an old, empty queen cell. This hive swarmed earlier in the summer, but had been back to good...
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    More mysteries to me - empty frames

    Hi, All,

    I've been trying to get my 1st year bees to draw out the frames in my honey supers, but that hasn't worked (not enough honey flow, I guess). So today, I went in to replace the queen...
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    No activity in honey supers

    I have 2 hives in their first year. Both have 2 deep brood chambers on the bottom, a queen separator, and a honey super on top. I put on the honey supers when the top brood chamber was a little over...
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    Any academic entomologists on the forum?

    Are there any academic / lab entomologists on the forum doing research on bees? I'm a professor (computer science, not bee science), and I study complex systems, so I'd love to get a conversation...
  19. Re: Bees hanging around entrance moving back and forth. What's up?

    Ooh - awesome. Thanks!
  20. Bees hanging around entrance moving back and forth. What's up?

    Hi, All,

    I've noticed on my second hive, a good number of bees are hanging out at the entrance, day and night. They seem to just be walking forward and backward. There are still foragers going out...
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    small hive beetle?

    I came here to get advice about my hive that had swarmed and had no sign of a queen. About a month ago, I swapped a frame with my other hive and when I inspected today, things looked good. There were...
  22. Re: Problem with hive - weird swarm and other issues

    I checked today and there were queen cells on the new frame. How nice that these bees are finally doing something expected.

    Do I just wait a couple weeks now and check back in on them for evidence...
  23. Re: Problem with hive - weird swarm and other issues

    Man were they *testy* this morning when I switched frames! I got stung twice through my long-sleeved shirt - the only times I've been stung except that once I brought the lawn mower too close. Time...
  24. Re: Problem with hive - weird swarm and other issues

    Thank you so much for the advice. I'll give that a try this afternoon.
  25. Problem with hive - weird swarm and other issues

    Hi, All,

    I started bee keeping this year and I'm really confused about what's going on. I have two hives. The first is the issue. I installed a package in late April. It was doing amazingly well....
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