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  1. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    That depends on what I'm doing and how much armor I'm wearing. :)

    I'm not scared of them, but with a moderately bad reaction to bee stings I'd rather not get stung. I walk around my hives in...
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    Re: First state bee inspection

    That's a good point. It's possible that there was some other reason, as well. The bees that were getting pulled out weren't drones, though. They were purple-eye and you could clearly see they were...
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    First state bee inspection

    So the state Department of Agriculture and Food came out to inspect my apiary. This wasn't a random check -- I had volunteered for it to help out with a multi-year study the state is doing.

    The...
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    Re: mowing around hive

    I mow/trim around my hives and haven't had a problem. I've heard that letting stuff kicked up by the mower hit the hive will cause a problem.

    Of course, all bees are different, YMMV, etc.
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    Re: Robber Screen and drone removal.

    When my first hive was new it got robbed almost immediately. I left the screen on the whole season, and the bees got used to it very quickly. It didn't seem to hinder them a bit.
  6. Utah beeks: Participation in state bee health study

    I just volunteered to participate in a statewide two-year study on bee health. Anybody else volunteer? The inspector's coming out to inspect my hive next week. Supposedly all it involves is a brood...
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    Re: What are the bees doing?(pic)

    Agreed. Robbing.
  8. Thread: Black bees

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    Re: Black bees

    I saw a black bee in my front yard the other day. I was cleaning out an empty hive and it must have been attracted to the leftover wax and whatnot. From what I saw of it, it was jet black with dark...
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    Re: Split to save dying hive

    That's the impression I'm getting.
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    Split to save dying hive

    The saga of the dying hive continues.

    Last Saturday I gave the hive a good going over. No eggs or queen. So I shook the hive out and re-queened. She's dead. They didn't even let her out of her...
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    Re: Laying worker hive? (with pictures)

    Thanks, all!
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    Re: Lurking under the TC

    Thanks. I don't mind the spiders around the hive. I've seen them with wax moths, too. :D
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    Re: Laying worker hive? (with pictures)

    Thanks. I was a little confused as some worker cells had only one egg, while others had more than one. I only just discovered the situation a few days ago, so haven't done much. Following a...
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    Lurking under the TC

    I about passed out from shock when I saw this guy lurking around under the TC this morning. It's hard to tell from the photo, but he's the biggest jumping spider I've ever seen. And he got one of my...
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    Laying worker hive? (with pictures)

    This is a follow-on to a previous post, where I bemoaned the fact that I thought I had a laying worker hive. I opened it up again this morning and took the following photos. One is of eggs laid in...
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    Re: I've got a laying worker hive

    Thanks, I think I'll give it a try. My hives are right in the backyard, so it won't be much work. It's cheaper, too.

    Did you shake the hive out to try and get rid of the laying worker, first?
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    Re: I've got a laying worker hive

    By clean out, I mean brush the hive out to get rid of the laying workers before I requeen. I'm keeping the comb.

    Well, I didn't get stung at all last year. I was hoping to keep it up this year....
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    Re: I've got a laying worker hive

    I couldn't find a queen, but they had built several new queen cups that were empty. All the cells that I could find that had eggs had them widely spread out, on the sides, two or three to a cell.
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    I've got a laying worker hive

    One of my hives was looking a little lethargic, so I opened it up this morning to take a look. Sure enough, they've got a laying worker. I could see multiple eggs in the cells, clear as day. No...
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    Re: Scavengers in bait hive

    Now you've gotten me all excited. :)
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    Re: Scavengers in bait hive

    I hadn't thought of that!
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    May 1, 2014
    Kaysville, Utah
    Mid 60s, the day after a three-day cold snap (lows below freezing)
    Origin unknown
    A large swarm landed in my neighbor's backyard. Unfortunately, he didn't get home...
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    Scavengers in bait hive

    How concerned should I be about scavenging bees in my bait hive?

    I have a bait hive in my apiary and today I noticed bees coming and going from it. Unfortunately, it turned out just to be...
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    Re: Mystery item - what can I make with this?

    It looks like it would make a good hive roof.
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    Re: How Much Syrup can they Drink

    I've had my hives go through more than 2 liters a day. When I used a frame feeder with my first hive I had to refill it every day. What kind of feeder are you using?
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