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  1. Re: Finally Remembered the DSLR for an Inspection

    Nice! I love inspection pics. Someday, I want to be able to find the queen:rolleyes:!
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    Re: spider eating bees

    I haven't yet found black widows in the hive, though I'll check this weekend b/c the yard is if full of them (as well as brown and white widows). We do have banana spiders (a type of orb spider) that...
  3. Re: New Topbar and Warre Hive book. Has anyone read it?

    One thing I've started looking at is the location the beekeeper hails from. If your weather in VA is similar to his in the UK, then there's probably a good deal of overlap.
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    Re: What do you think about this book?

    Yep -- I especially enjoyed the Buzz about Bees. I'd recommend reading Honeybee Democracy first -- Seely writes this one with more of a narrative voice, telling stories of how he studies bees along...
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    Nothing special, just bees!

    Activity at the hive entrance may be old news to experienced beeks, but the upsurge in energy the last couple of days has been magical to watch! Something must be blooming, because the bees are in...
  6. Re: QUESTION for folks with Home Use Intended ONLY, TOP BAR HIVES only,please

    I had a neighbor thank me, too! He's quite pleased because last year's summer garden got all blossoms, but not fruit/veg: this year, he's bursting with squash. Now, it I can just keep the hive going...
  7. Re: QUESTION for folks with Home Use Intended ONLY, TOP BAR HIVES only,please

    This is my goal and most fervent wish! Beekeeping is an excellent way to practice patience.
  8. Thread: HOT

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    Re: HOT

    Same here. Been three weeks,, but through the window things look okay, and there are even a few bumps of new comb. Supposed to head back down to the high 80s next week...woo hop!
  9. Re: QUESTION for folks with Home Use Intended ONLY, TOP BAR HIVES only,please

    Happy Beeing, I look forward to being able to answer this question eventually! Maybe this fall, most probably not to next spring.

    FWIW, I appreciate the frame around your question. I am curious,...
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    Another CCD Solution -- robobees!

    Wasn't sure if anyone had heard of this -- I had not. Frankly, I find it kind of weird, and wonder if the cost of robotic pollinators wouldn't exceed the cost of migratory beekeepers?!...
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    Re: What's going on?

    Yeah, I think I saw larvae being pulled out the other night, too. I don't have a landing board, so don't see it unless I watch them drag the body out. Anything on the ground gets eaten by some other...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle Trap?

    He's my inspiration for using the DVD cover as a trap!
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    Re: CombineZP image stacker

    I can really see the difference on the last pic. Very cool. My daughter loves taking pictures, too, so maybe I have an additional excuse to look into a new camera and some software!
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    Re: New Hive Scents and window pics

    lol -- yes, the first time I got a good noseful of whatever it is, I was taken aback. Quite the pungent experience!
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    Re: New Hive Scents and window pics

    I checked "The Melitto Files", a UF newsletter that includes a monthly report on what's blooming. Goldenrod is officially listed in August, but since nature tends to vary, it could be that! Sunday...
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    Re: Bumblees on Portulaca

    Is this a correction on the claim it's a bumblebee, portulaca or something else:)?
  17. Thread: Dark Queen

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    Re: Dark Queen

    Very pretty queen!
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    Re: Queen pics from today's check

    Really nice -- such a golden color!
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    Bumblees on Portulaca

    My honeybees do not seem interested in this plant (and they're in pots, so likely not in quantities to pull in foragers) but the bumblebees like them, and by this time of year, the bumbles are...
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    New Hive Scents and window pics

    The bees seem to be doing well. I didn't open the hive this week because of heat and weekend work, but I've been sitting with it every evening, watching the comings and goings, looking through the...
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    Re: Another typical foundationless disaster

    So pretty! It looks like you're using a longer bar, maybe 19" with a 10" depth? I'm thinking of changing the dimensions of my next one.
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    Re: What's going on?

    We're in a summer dearth as well, and I've been watching my hive eject drones for the past several weeks. I asked someone local, and they recommended feeding, which I did (then they told me not...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle Trap?

    Hi, Jon Wolff -- that is awesome! I actually think I could make that with some study and maybe a practice board or two:-). Maybe not ideal for my current hive b/c it's constructed, but I've only got...
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    Poll: Re: Is your Top Bar hive your first beehive?

    One hive, TBH, doing well enough, though I'm excited to see what happens in fall when we get our second flow. Bees came too late in spring to hit the early nectar flow. There have been ups and downs,...
  25. Re: hottest weather temp you safely inspect TB in?

    Hmm -- mine are not happy about morning inspections. At all. Temperature doesn't seem to have an impact where I am (it's always hot, and nights only "cool" down to 72F) -- cloudiness might, though I...
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