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  1. Re: Honeybees pollinating Tulip Tree blossoms

    Do you see lots of bees on the blossoms? I spent lots of time (I won't say 'hours') but many different trips were made with cameras in hand to try to get some footage with bees. I kept wondering if...
  2. Honeybees pollinating Tulip Tree blossoms

    When I found out what kind of tree this was, I looked around the internet to see if bees pollinated the blossoms. Apparently, east of the Mississippi, Tulip tree blossoms are a big nectar source. ...
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    Re: May flowers attract more than bees

    For many of my gardening years, growing flowers was more of a luxury. Flowers take up space, demand precious water, and can't be eaten. Then I started beekeeping. I realized that to be a good...
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    Can a hive throw two swarms at once?

    I left this nuc hive in the tree all winter. It survived without any intervention on my part. No sugar, pollen substitutes, or meds. Now it's trying to swarm, but the bees have formed two distinct...
  5. Re: Drawn honey frame or pollen frame to use in a swarm trap?

    I'm not sure if this answers your question or not...Hal uses some old comb as well as a little capped honey. I asked how/why he kept the honey. He says he just keeps the 'not so pretty stuff' for...
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    Re: Moving down into the next box

    In my other Warre, I just put a swarm into a three box hive about 10 days ago. Originally it was supposed to be two boxes, but when I was dumping the swarm into the top of the two boxes, I used an...
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    Re: Moving down into the next box

    Is anything wrong with getting the bees to build upward in a Warre?
    I have had great success in getting the bees to move upward using these 'ladders.'...
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    Re: Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    Well, I admit that's sort of a contradiction of terms. If you 'keep bees' that in itself is not completely 'natural.' And catching them in a bag on a pole? You're right. It probably would have...
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    Re: Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    I like that long pole you're using. Did you say that was extendable? I've seen a very expensive fiberglass version, but can you give me the name of the company that makes it? I don't shop Walmart...
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    Re: Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    The hardest thing to get is probably the sail cloth, but it's real smooth so the bees will slide out better.
    When I first read the plans, it called for using rivets. I bought a rivet tool, but I...
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    Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    Because it's swarm season and because this catcher is so easy to make, I shot some photos and video of swarm catcher for those hard to reach swarms. ...
  12. Re: A city property ban on Neonicontinoids in Eugene, Oregon

    These studies suggest there may be a connection between neonics and honeybee deaths. I don't think we can afford to wait. The bees keep dying....
  13. Re: A city property ban on Neonicontinoids in Eugene, Oregon

    That is the 64 million dollar question, but it's a question worth asking because without wild pollinators, the cost of food will skyrocket...do we want to "hand pollinate everything?
  14. Re: A Search for bees in an Arizona desert Neighborhood

    Well, I wasn't about to kick the cinder block off and I used the zoom lens to 'get close.' :)
    Since it looks like you have bees in the desert area, do you have problems with AHB?
  15. A Search for bees in an Arizona desert Neighborhood

    I grew up in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area, but I hadn't ever purposely looked for bees until I returned for a funeral. I wanted to get some shots/videos of bees on desert flowers to show contrast to...
  16. A city property ban on Neonicontinoids in Eugene, Oregon

    I can't take credit for this, but I can be proud that a city in Oregon has passed a first ever ban from using neonicontioid pesticides on city property.
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  17. Re: Bees benefitting from Turnips planted in July

    I won't be getting honey from this hive. We just wanted to provide a home for the bees, grow as many bee-loving flowers as possible (without poisons), and see if the bees could survive without...
  18. Re: Bees benefitting from Turnips planted in July

    I think if you get a chance to watch the video, you'll see the overview of the carved log hive at about 3:56. Looking at it again, I can see how you might think it's carved out of rock. Whew, that...
  19. Re: Bees benefitting from Turnips planted in July

    Thanks for the kind words. I noticed the bees on the turnip flowers again today, (after a huge wind/rain day yesterday) Didn't have much time to watch them though, because the greenhouse plastic...
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    Re: Even Bumblebees get mites

    I just put the honey pan back out there (I've got to take it in so the night varmits won't partake). I'll keep an eye out to see if she comes back, try to roll off some mites with a wet cotton swab...
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    Even Bumblebees get mites

    We've seen this bumblebee for two days now, visiting the mid winter honey pan. We noticed about 20 to 25 mites on her back. My wife wants to try to remove them, but I don't have a clue.
    I shot...
  22. Bees benefitting from Turnips planted in July

    We planted bulbs in November for the early bees, but nothing compares with the turnip greens which have gone to flower. They started blooming in mid January and the bees have been hitting on them...
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    Bee-atrice...One of a kind bee hive

    I doubt if you'll ever see a hive like this one. It's a log hive with a face carved on it. Since it came from the sixth swarm of my first log hive, it was a very small swarm...didn't build up fast....
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    Re: bees grooming themselves

    I guess you're right about that since the drones have been kicked out and the workers only live about 42 days in the summer. The tattered wings are probably a good indication they don't have many...
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    Re: bees grooming themselves

    I should add that Kiera O'Hara wrote and performed the background melody, "Song for Earth Day." It's been playing over and over again in my mind, so I asked Kiera about it, towards the end at about...
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