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    Re: Queen Cell Size Variances

    Thanks to all for the excellent information, links and pictures!
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    Queen Cell Size Variances

    I am interested in the forum members' experience with the relationship between queen cell size and the quality of the queen. In my experience, I have seen quite a variance in the size of supersedure...
  3. Re: super slow motion educational bee film 2 mins long please watch

    Thank you so much Mike! Your video revealed some intimate views of the bees that I have never seen. As a pilot, I loved the view of the worker " dropping the gear" before landing.
  4. Thread: Comb Too Old?

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    Re: Comb Too Old?

    Thank you for the replies.
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    Re: Is my queen a dud? What to do?

    Mike, it unfortunately sounds like you are left with a laying worker and no way for your bees to produce a new queen. To make matters worse, your bees are getting a bit "long in the tooth" and may...
  6. Thread: Cockroaches

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    Re: Cockroaches

    I have been noticing a lot of earwigs under the top covers lately. If I knock one through the center hole of the inner cover, it's not long before it comes out the entrance in the jaws of a worker.
  7. Thread: Comb Too Old?

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    Comb Too Old?

    Is it possible for comb to become too old or too used for the queen to want to lay in it? I have a number of frames that originally came with nucs. It is apparent that they have been in use for some...
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    Where Are the Bees?

    I live in S.E. Michigan and my hives have been busy. I live in close proximity to a number of large fallow fields of white & yellow sweet clover and mowed fields of Dutch clover with unusually...
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    Re: Hello From Rochester Hills, Michigan

    Thank you all for the welcomes!

    Can someone tell me how to add my hometown to my posts where it lists your location? Mine just says "United States". I have gone to my profile page and can't find a...
  10. Re: Adding A Split From Swarm Ready Hive to Weaker Hive

    I am trying to stay with 2 hives for this year.

    So it appears that I should return to the stronger hive today and remove all but a couple of the capped queen cells? Most are on the bottom of 3...
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    Hello From Rochester Hills, Michigan

    I started beekeeping as a Boy Scout merit badge effort in Lake County Ohio during the 1970's. I had a wonderful mentor who was in his 70's and spared no effort or love to get me started. I fondly...
  12. Re: Adding A Split From Swarm Ready Hive to Weaker Hive

    Would it be beneficial for me to go back into the strong hive and cull the queen cells to 2 or 3 capped cells? Should I leave the 2 capped superceedure cells along with a couple of capped swarm...
  13. Adding A Split From Swarm Ready Hive to Weaker Hive

    I started 2 new hives on May 12th from purchased Nucs. The Nucs were several weeks old when I bought them and well established. One Nuc was considerably stronger and noticeably heavier than the...
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    Re: locust flow in michigan

    I live in Rochester, Michigan and I noticed (literally over the weekend) an intense Locust bloom starting. The air outside is thick with the sweet smell.
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