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    Re: Suger subsitute for top feeder

    Although sugar beets aren't going out of style in WY anytime soon, diluted honey will work but will spoil fast in a feeder.
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    Re: dark comb... normal?

    You may have had a cycle or two of brood in your super. The pupal cases darken the comb and make it unappetizing for cut comb but just fine to extract.
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    Re: No Veil Demos are Bad for Recruiting.

    The blindness claim is overblown, however eye stings don't sound fun.

    From British Journal of Ophthalmology, 1977, 61, 662-664

    "ANTERIOR SEGMENT
    The cornea. The most serious reaction of the...
  4. Thread: bee abuse?

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    Re: bee abuse?

    if the guy built his bees up to 45 hives, he isn't that bad of a beekeeper. Maybe he just bought packages but somehow I doubt it. That makes the abuse claims dubious. The sensationalist reporter...
  5. Thread: Malathion

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    Re: Malathion

    Spotted wing drosophila is the cause of all the extra malathion spraying in the Willamette Valley this summer. Drosophila suzukii.
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    Re: Never saw that before!

    Someone is bee lining, perhaps thinking your workers are from a feral colony.
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    Re: Let's play Name That Predator! . . . .

    Human!!
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    Re: Will transferring queen cells work?

    Wowza!!
  9. Re: bees will not raise queen from frames of eggs/larva

    If you didn't add some foragers and stores, the stress of not being able to feed the brood may change their priorities.
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    Re: Need to spray pasture?!?!? HELP

    The key long-term strategy is to improve and maintain strong grass competition for your weeds. Herbicide will help for now but won't solve the problem as Gary mentioned above. Make sure to apply late...
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    Re: where to buy?

    Never hurts to connect with a local. They may be able to give you more support including hard-won local knowledge or a queen if you're in having a problem. That said probably nothing wrong with the...
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    Re: Is Swarming a Goal?

    I'm late, but contend that swarming is absolutely a goal. Selfish genetic elements have just one goal and that is to proliferate. So yes, reproduction is important, but the goal of any colony should...
  13. Re: All natural way to clean mold out of hive top feeders?

    Vinegar, H2O2, "One Step" sanitizer ... Maybe not a great idea for styrene, but exposing the plastic/wood feeders to intense UV is a good disinfecting regime. It also requires less elbow grease.
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    Re: There is hope...

    NBR=not bee related
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    Re: Question on pollution from pesticides.

    It is difficult to know what the drift is like, but crop dusters are typically pretty bad. I also am not very familiar with what is being sprayed for cotton. Aside from drift landing on hives...
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    Re: Wintering - anyone do nothing to the hive?

    Agree with the minimalists here. We get lots of snow, cold, but with thaws and even rain in between. Makes for a lot of condensation so I do the insulation board in the lid and double hive stands...
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    Re: Value of an orchard?

    I agree it isn't ideal. If you're starting with packages, you'll likely miss the fruit tree bloom anyway. Fruit tree sprays are frequent and disruptive and they rarely adhere to the schedule/plan...
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    Re: Reasons for Bee Hive Failure....Poll

    1. Flying buckets during hurricanes.
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    Re: Monsanto buys Beeologics!

    Much of this discussion is pretty alarmist. For those of you involved in sustainable or organic ag, Monsanto has done you all a huge favor by bringing GM crops to the mainstream. They've driven...
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    Re: Why keep Bees over winter?

    Simple. Monetary arguements are irrelevent. It comes down to taking care of animals you are responsible for.
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    Re: Going against the grain.

    Actually that's kind of the point ace. They're supposed to be different. That way you get some experience to go with your expertise.
  22. Re: WOW awesome ...was told I could have some bees today ...lol not what I expected .

    Very creative removal, good job. They might just make it, how much honey in the combs?
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    Re: What Value Is Advice?

    I agree to a point. We also have some responsibility to call BS when needed. The risk is getting sucked in and then as one member's tag line on here puts it "wrestling with the pig". Several...
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    Re: Bees share food, Are they all equal…

    I don't think he's saying that at all. Of course there is a caste system. Castes are particular to social animals only, they're not universal in the animal kingdom as you imply. Workers ARE one...
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    Re: My nucs were robbed

    What is the entrance like on your nucs? If larger than a half inch hole reduce it to a defendable size.
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