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    Re: Can I put syrup in empty comb?

    Poring works better than dunking.
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    Re: HoneyBees and Appletrees

    Above comments are good. Let me just add that apple trees are a good timing reference on the growing season. Lately, the spring seasons have been a little erratic. Have your spring swarm prevention...
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    Re: The last explanation for swarming?

    Back to modeling swarm preps:
    I see what appears to be discrepancies in some of the basic concepts presented in the paper. The part about swarm commit occuring when the queen reaches her max...
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    Re: The last explanation for swarming?

    E. G.
    Number of cells is good. Six, or less per level indicates SS in a full-sized colony. Grit my teeth on the rare case of as many as 10.
    Location on the frame is not a good indication. 1st year...
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    Re: The last explanation for swarming?

    This thread has wandered away from Eduardo's subject of the Fefferman and Starks discussion of their math model. I know nothing about math modeling, but I do know a little about swarm preps in the...
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    Re: Heard a taLL tail. Is it true?

    Tim Ives. Do a search.
    Walt
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    Re: Wasps,wasps and more wasps..

    Maybe they are just looking for/found a dry place to winter. As strange as it sounds, have seen hundreds of wasps collect in the same place to winter. Have even seen wasps of different species...
  8. Re: Can I use a bee escape board for this ....?

    When the temps get down to 30, they will have joined the cluster below. Take it then.
    Walt
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    Re: Where is the cluster?

    2531,
    You have responses from two extremes - northeast & southwest. Niether are appropriate for your location. You will learn to check the location of the advisor.

    In answer to your question, it...
  10. Re: Does losts of Pollen being hauled in mean Brood and Queenright?

    Most of it is consumed by the young bees being raised for winter - used to "fatten up."
    More on another active thread: Bottom box and pollen.
    Walt
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    Re: Bottom box and pollen

    I seldom respond to a question that is complicated without the title reflecting the concept. Lack of keyboard skills. But pollen and bottom box both show up in the title, and I assume that a thread...
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    Re: Drone congregation Area

    One way to find congregation areas is to drive around and look for purple martins feeding 50 to 100 feet up in the air at mid afternoon.
    Walt
  13. Re: Advise for newbie on queen situation please.

    Some bum dope in responses so far. Will PM.
    Walt
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    "eggs on the road" Score one for Ace. And I'm not a fan.
    Walt
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    Re: Could winter bees already be here?

    Interesting thread. Just finished writing the section on this subject on the night shift. Am working on a write-up for beginners to explain what's happening in a beehive.

    An observation relevant...
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    Re: 50 deg too cold to open?

    Marginal. Depends on what you expect to do. It's too cold to be waving frames of open brood around in the air, but not too cold to check cluster size. Any colder and they will have some trouble...
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    Re: Deeps or Mediums

    Justin,
    Nice pic. What's in the bottom box?
    Walt
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    Re: Move over Waggle Dance!

    Not to take any merriment out of your post, but that looks like a chilled bee. The pulsing of the abdomen is a warming mechanism. She's pumping warmer air into her thorax to warm her internal...
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    Re: Rain, dying bees

    If they get upside down on a wet surface, their wings flat on the wet surface, they have some problem with breaking free. They are not damaged by not being able to get free and most will shake...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Lb,
    You might not remember the "disappearing disease" of S. Ala. in '02. Whole outyards went away. A late freeze took out the tree sources in the buildup period. Our trees here were not developed to...
  21. Re: How to tell if I have a laying worker or a new queen?

    MP,
    Hard to tell in the straight-on photo about the cappings. If they are bullet shaped (drone) and there were some younger larvae scattered among them, that would be exactly what I was describing...
  22. Re: How to tell if I have a laying worker or a new queen?

    The difference is quite obvious. If queen-layed, a solid patch of brood of the same age - be it all larvae or capped. Laying workers will generate a solid patch of brood of all ages mixed in adjacent...
  23. Thread: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Sounds like classic abscond for lack of field forage.
    Walt
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    Re: Swarm cells in August (SW Ontario)

    The writer of that article failed to mention that the description of cells was for the established and overwintered colony. He had no starters at the time. Your nuc automatically reverts to 1st year...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Sounds like mild pesticide poisening. Severe, and they would all be dead. And I can't think of anything sudden-er.
    Walt
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