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  1. Minnesota Bees and the Polar Vortexes!

    Bynow everyone knows about the three major polar vortexes the upper midwest, and many other parts of the country experienced this winter. I am in St. Paul, MN and went into winter with 3 hives. I...
  2. Moving Bees in the Winter?? Any thoughts...

    I have run into a significant problem concerning my bees. One of my neighbors is very ticked off with me because one of their small dogs was stung about 2-3 weeks ago on a cleansing flight. I am in...
  3. Re: Siberian Pea Shrub/Carragana - Any thoughts on this plant??

    Without checking, I thought Lawyers might have them. Also, my mother-in-law has a small stand, and I know of one other patch not far from my house. One way or another, I will find some! Thanks for...
  4. Re: Siberian Pea Shrub/Carragana - Any thoughts on this plant??

    Who do you order from?
  5. Re: Siberian Pea Shrub/Carragana - Any thoughts on this plant??

    Thanks Dave - Does it tend to bloom reliably year after year at the same time? What does it overlap with - dandelions, black locust, others?? I think I will go for it, even if it only blooms a...
  6. Siberian Pea Shrub/Carragana - Any thoughts on this plant??

    He everyone, looked in the archives and couldn't find anyone talking about this plant. Siberian Pea Shrub, or Carragana, is a nitrogen fixing perennial. It forms pods filled with a small pea that...
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    Morning Dew??

    I went to take out the trash this morning, which is near to where my hives are set up, and realized I was walking through quite a few bees flying around. I am almost postive that it was not a swarm,...
  8. Re: Early summer hive/queen questions??

    About an hour ago the brown hive swarmed, another big one. That is twice now in less than a month! Will they swarm with a virgin queen?
  9. Early summer hive/queen questions??

    I did my weekly inspection today and have a few questions.

    1- The split that I did about a month ago seems to have a bunch of healthy bees, the queen cells are open, but I am not finding any sign...
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    Re: Honey Bees 1 - Andy Zero!

    surprisingly the pain has not been too bad, just annoying! 24 hours on it is still pretty swollen, my wife says it makes me look tough!!
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    Honey Bees 1 - Andy Zero!

    Just got stung in the face!!! For the full story ...
  12. Re: 1st Bee Swarm for me ever - Minnesota

    missed 'em! went in to have lunch, 15 minutes later went out to check on them and they were gone. maybe next time...
  13. Re: Japanese Tree Lilac - Syringa reticulata - Any good for bees?

    thanks, just curious
  14. Japanese Tree Lilac - Syringa reticulata - Any good for bees?

    Anybody know the merits of the Japanese Tree Lilac - Syringa reticulata, for bee forage. Tried a few google searches and could not find anything conclusive. I have a big one right near my boxes,...
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    Re: White Spots on Bees

    I have noticed this same thing. I am in MN, am looking after 3 strong hives, and one weak one, and have noticed this white spot on atleast 2 of the hives. Pollen, good thought, best case scenario...
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    Re: Sadly wave goodbye - Swarm too high

    flower planter - that is a good idea, I might have been able to pull that one off. too bad...
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    Re: Sadly wave goodbye - Swarm too high

    came in to eat lunch, went back out to check the swarm and they had left! I missed their exit flight, bummer! Maybe next time...
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    Re: Sadly wave goodbye - Swarm too high

    how long have they been clustered up for?
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    Re: Sadly wave goodbye - Swarm too high

    Raveneyes - good call on the step ladder - just got out the 12 ' and got a trap up top. Also found some old comb from a swarm last year and added them to all the traps...
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    Re: Sadly wave goodbye - Swarm too high

    I am having this same problem right now. The bees are up about 25 feet, no access with a ladder or extension saw. 4 traps, all with lemongrass oil. They have been in the tree for atleast 12 hours...
  21. 1st Bee Swarm for me ever - Minnesota

    Just had one of my hives swarm. I saw them pouring out of the front, the giant cloud, and now they are atleast 20-25 feet up in an old apple tree. Too high for me to even think about getting. I...
  22. Re: bees dying/dead in cells before emerging!!

    Yes, they are very important to me, and I will try and get a photo. What is the best way to post a photo on this forum, anyone know (sorry for the thread drift!!)
  23. bees dying/dead in cells before emerging!!

    Been awhile since I have been around the forum, but I am back and need some help! First, here is a link to my latest post about bees ......
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    Re: Hi from frosty Minnesota

    Hey there nctryben - glad to see another Minnesotan! Our stove is keeping our place nice and toasty as well. Where is Goodland? We are down in the cities. Welcome aboard!!
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    Re: Tales from the Hive

    For anyone interested, here it is online ....


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtKqic69xVo&feature=youtu.be
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