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    Pseudo queen?

    Here is a video of a weird bee I found in my hive. She appeared to be a queen when I saw the thorax, but her abdomen is rounded. Any ideas as to what exactly this is? This is a month old package and...
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    Re: Will I notice the dead bees?

    I second what psfred said. Mortuary bees will actually fly away carrying the bodies and drop them away from the hive.
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    Re: Reducing the number of Deeps??

    Agreed, from my experience, they seem to be all up in the top in spring and the bottom deep is usually pretty empty.
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    Re: My bumble bees

    Yes, the male bumble bees are fun, its funny how they raise their middle legs sometimes as a threat pose. Most people think its a bumble bee high five haha! I have a friend who rears paper wasps....
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    Re: My bumble bees

    I haven't tried any gut immunity boosters. I'm curious as to what you mean, what are some examples of gut immunity boosters? Some bumble bee websites that are good are:

    http://www.bumblebee.org/...
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    Re: My bumble bees

    Yeah, the bumbles are getting a little more time in the spotlight now. They do have a disease that has been imported called nosema bombi. I believe it can be treated just like honey bee nosema. I...
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    Re: Even Bumblebees get mites

    The best way to remove those mites is by a moist cotton swab(Q-tip) and various other small tools (paper clips). The bumble bees have a few different mite species. Some species hook onto queens...
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    Re: Pollen loads this time of year?

    The first and last pictures look like propolis to me. The first looks too liquidy to be pollen and the last looks like propolis she chewed off and just put on (possibly robbing it). I know this...
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    Re: Garden Plants

    Do you mean as in hurt them from chemicals? Either way i believe it would be fine. They go to store bought plants at the stores and after people plant them. Also, only a small percentage of your...
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    Re: Swarms Returning to Hive???? TWICE...

    Its possible that the swarms are taking off, but the queen isn't getting the memo and isn't leaving the hive. I have heard of this happening. False swarms because the queen wont or can't leave. The...
  11. Re: What are these ants and do you have trouble with them?

    Camponotus sp. Possibly Camponotus americanus. They are carpenter ants. Generally the bigger ants are less of a problem once the hive gets established. The bees can actually fight the big ants and...
  12. Re: Questions about queens orientation and mating flights and moving hive

    No queen in her right mind would stay out overnight. As was said already, she will go on her flight in late morning to afternoon and be back before evening. She would make a mighty fine meal for a...
  13. Re: Making presentation on bees for sons 3rd grade. Help!

    I don't know any slideshow you could use, BUT you need to show them the difference between bees and wasps. They and everyone else believes that everything that can sting is a bee. Show them that bees...
  14. Thread: red pollen

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    Re: red pollen

    "Also called Henbit. A non-native flower. Also could be snowdrops but the pollen is usually a little more orange. Also a non-native plant. What would we do without all these non-native plants?!"
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    Re: Will this work for orchard mason bees?

    I work with all sorts of solitary bees and I have mason bees as well. What seems to work for me is putting out reeds from wild plants with hollow stems. I also have many wooden blocks with different...
  16. Re: How to minimize space to prevent beetle infestation

    I heard from some people that say caulk the corners of the box eliminating 90 degree angles. The beetles lodge themselves in those corners and the bees can stop them. When its caulked, the beetles...
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    Re: Thousands of dead bees without heads

    I can promise you its not hornets especially up in maryland this time of year. Right now its hibernating queens and maybe far enough south, some queens are just emerging. There are fly parasites...
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    Re: How many hives is too many hives?

    I did my own feeding station last fall trying to bee line. I marked one yellow bee and one jet black one so i could tell them apart. I started time when they took off from the feeder and left it...
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    Re: What to do with all this drawn comb?

    Checkerboarding for swarm management.
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    Re: Age of Queens - When is a year a year?

    I no longer believe the rule that certain aged queens have a lesser tendency to swarm. I was told that bran new queens wouldn't swarm at least until the second year. Well my hive made a supercedure...
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    Re: Pollen Laden Bees - Dec in NC

    Leftover asters, random dandilions and witch hazel. Witch hazel i believe is the big one right now.
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    Re: Honey crystallization....

    Put it in a pot of water and set it to low heat. Make sure the lid is off or partially opened. Over time when the water starts to simmer or boil stir the honey a little and keep doing so til it...
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    Re: Are garden spiders "pests"

    I have the same thing. Spiders are under the hive. I have seen them eat a few bees, BUT I've also found them eating countless wax moths and even wax moth larvae! I also have little spiders that move...
  24. Re: planting for bees and wildlife in oklahoma

    Anise hyssop is covered in bees. Monarda (bee balm), Culvers root, Black cohosh, American Burnett, asters, goldenrod and wild senna. Those are all great bee plants. The wild senna makes seeds for...
  25. Thread: Predator!

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    Re: Predator!

    That flower is covered in yellow jackets! What kind of flower is that?
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