That is really cool!!!
Type: Posts; User: tsmullins
That is really cool!!!
The box elder is a member of the maples. One of the later maples to bloom. From what I have read, several sources have stated that bees work Box Elder for pollen and nectar. One source was the...
I think it is best practice to tear down failing hives. No reason to allow pests to gain any foothold.
Are you sure all the bees are dead? Sometimes you can save a dwindling hive by shrinking...
Very good advice,
Since they have no brood to care for, you should be able to get the foragers quickly.
I would question the logic of lighter queens being more desirable. Many, maybe most, of our local queens are darker.
Even if you have lost queens, the survivors should be able to make a new queen. With the time of year being early, hopefully the will rebound quickly.
Sorry for you losses,
I would be inclined to pass. Freezing kills wax moth larvae and SHB, but not AFB. AFB spores can last for 75 years. AFB spores are very hard to kill.
The subkect of used equipment comes up fairly often. AFB might be a bigger concern.
"Just have never installed bees when it's dark out."
Perhaps one should not hive bees when it is dark out. :)
I would not try to hive the packages if it is dark. Nothing good will come of it.
Unused patties can attract pests like ants and SHB. I would remove them. If it is sugar, let it dissolve in water and feed as syrup. Or store it dry for later use.
1. Without knowing how much brood is in the bottom box, hard to say if you need to split or not. We like to do our first splits shortly before our swarm season starts. About May 1st. But if we...
Virginia clematis would be a good choice. Blooms during our dearth as well. It is not overly aggressive either.
Hard for me to tell from the pictures,
But the queen cell on the bottom of the frame appears to have recently emerged. They do appear to be backfilling. Three queen cells would suggest a...
I would be inclined to say yes. We overwinter five frame or less nucs. We are in zone 6a. Our nucs have a much better survival rate than traditional double deep hives. Beekeeping is local. But I...
Same here in SW VA. Several minor flows. Henbit, flowering cherries and Dandelions for sure. Maybe a bit of maple left. Redbud has flowered, bees should start working it in a week. Our Bradford...
1. Splitting before swarming is a very good idea. Beekeeping is local. It is too early to split for us. We try to split just before swarm season starts. For us that is around early May. But as...
Keep in mind, beekeeping is local. In our region, we find almost no robbing this time of year. I would be inclined to move to the next largest opening.
Doesn't look like a queen to me either.
Looks like a nice trap setup. Hope it works well for you.
Beesource member Cleo Hogan has a very effective plan for trapping out colonies inside cavities. Do a search for trap out and you should get hits.
It is my belief that swarms are attracted to beeyards. I have had occasion where we inspected every hive during swarm season. After finishing, we noticed an average sized swarm had landed on a...
I missed the less.
When I see supercedure cells, I leave them alone.
Five cells seems just a tad high for supercedure.
Toss some foundationless frames in, they will probably pull it out. Some bees just don't like plastic. Then again, some of our bees pull it fine.
It is pretty odd they swarm even with pulled...