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    Re: So my neighbors are beekeepers...

    EternitySmile, I have two hives and have had carnivorous plants the last two summers..
    They have never gotten a bee!
    Last summer, the sundews caught about a dozen flies over the entire season..
    ...
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    Blue Sky Bee Supply labels

    Hello all,

    Just wanted to share that I received my FULL Custom-Printed Labels from Blue Sky Bee Supply today. They did a great job in printing my design onto the labels.

    I was one of the few...
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    Bees not using the Winter top entrance??

    Ten days ago, we started preparing the hives for the Winter. My husband made top entrances that would also serve as ventilation and insulated the covers.

    We are wondering why the bees are not...
  4. Poll: Re: New to Beekeeping: Hatteras Island, Outer Banks NC

    Welcome!

    Our family vacations in Buxton every year and we have been wondering if anyone out there was keeping bees. We are there in August, when not much is blooming. What is it like in the...
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    Re: More mysteries to me - empty frames

    Jen,

    When was the last time you inspected? Did you see the queen then??

    At this point I think I would do a thorough inspection and look for a queen because if she is gone then there is no...
  6. Thread: Riverratbees ?

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    Re: Riverratbees ?

    Thanks for checking Giorgio!

    I didn't think of checking if there were other groups closer to him. I had to send an e-mail to Mark at NRVBA for another reason so I included this also..

    Do you...
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    Re: Riverratbees ?

    Sorry.. attach a link..
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    Re: Riverratbees ?

    I need to send an e-mail to the New River Beek Assoc down in that area of Virginia. I will attack a link to his post and check if they know him and/or have heard from him..
  9. Re: 10 acres of Pumpkins in full bloom, Amish soaking them with Sevin!?!?!!!!!

    I don't know if you have much more time, but if you do, check with your local cooperative extension office. They should be able to help you with some alternative treatments to recommend to the...
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    Re: Un-capped immature pupas - What's wrong??

    Thanks Mark! I will see if anyone in our local group has either of those books..
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    Re: Un-capped immature pupas - What's wrong??

    Thanks Mark and LongWoods...

    I took a look in the hive again today..

    The cells have been cleaned out but the girls are storing honey in them now instead of leaving them empty for the the...
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    Re: Un-capped immature pupas - What's wrong??

    snl: the bees are Italians.
    I got a package back in late March. They did so well that by early May they looked like they were ready to swarm (they had a large number of queen cups) so to avoid a...
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    Re: Un-capped immature pupas - What's wrong??

    Thanks AramF, I found the thread..

    I will do a mite count.

    I have been watching videos of some Argentinean fellows that do their counts with a detergent/alcohol wash. I will give that a try.
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    Un-capped immature pupas - What's wrong??

    During a hive inspection this morning, I saw something odd. A couple of brood frames had cells of white pupa (workers, not drones) that looked like they had been un-capped before fully mature. I...
  15. Re: Making a swarm control split and nuc...what do you think of the plans

    I read your post.. Just goes to show us how determined they are!

    I really hope to find the queen tomorrow and go through with my original plan to pull the queen out and simulate a swarm..
  16. Re: Please help me understand all this swarming and piping

    Interesting...

    This is what I am trying to avoid and this is why I went in to the hive today with the intension to pull the queen out before she swarmed. I couldn't find her so I pulled the...
  17. Re: Making a swarm control split and nuc...what do you think of the plans

    Things didn't go as planned...

    We couldn't find the queen. She was last seen yesterday. The colony was the same, so we don't think she swarmed.

    We felt we needed to do something in the...
  18. Re: Making a swarm control split and nuc...what do you think of the plans

    Sorry, I should have clarified it better.. There are 4 capped queen cells, 5 queen cells with larva and royal jelly and about 12 more that are empty. All the queen cells have been in the bottom of...
  19. Making a swarm control split and nuc...what do you think of the plans

    Hello all,

    I have several capped swarm queen cells, so I will go in this morning and make a split with the current queen. I will use her to set up a new hive with two 8 frame medium supers. I plan...
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    Pulling wire out and supersedure cells??

    Hello all,

    I did an inspection of our hive today and found that the bees had completely pulled out the wire from one of the frames and had build two cells, one on each side that look like they...
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    Re: Silicone caulking to keep ants out??

    Thanks everyone!

    I am happy to report that sealing up all the openings in the English top did the trick. We have been ant-free for a week.
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    Re: Silicone caulking to keep ants out??

    Yes, the ants are in the top cover.

    We have a top feeder which I guess is what has driven them up there.

    The hive sits on blocks and I can't change that.

    They are walking up the outside of...
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    Silicone caulking to keep ants out??

    Hello all,

    We have been battling a colony of ants that has moved into the English garden top of our hive. We have sprinkled loads of cinnamon and also used some Vaseline but the ants are still in...
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    Re: 8 days and no eggs

    I checked the girls today and there were eggs!! (and some larva in one of the frames). Saw the queen again, so all is going well. Thanks again for all the advice!

    Here is a few pictures.....
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    Re: 8 days and no eggs

    ok... thanks everyone.. I will give her 6 more days or so and go from there..I will report back any findings!
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