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    Re: Vermont

    July 28, 2016

    • Purple loosestrife
    • Joe Pye weed
    • Chicory
    • Alfalfa is still around

    Adam
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    Re: EXTRACTING SYSTEM

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    Re: Vermont

    Middlebury. 05753

    One from my own hives on July 27. Working the bee yard late, and looked up in the pines to see a basketball-sized swarm about 18 feet up. Came home and made a catcher out of a...
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    Re: Vermont

    Bass went forever this year.

    • Knapweed
    • Early types of Goldenrod
    • Birdsfoot Trefoil is still around
    • Sweet clover
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    Re: Vermont

    Salisbury. 05769. Swarm on the East side of a garden shed. (Guessing by the work done - July 1 - 5)

    Middlebury. 05753. Swarm in 10 frame swarm box, hung about 8 feet up in a pine tree. July 12.
  6. Re: Length of entrance tube in an observation hive... Does it matter???

    I did cut out in a roof where a previous colony had been sprayed, and a new colony used the same entrance but walked about 4 or 5 feet past the section which had been poisoned and built in between...
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    Re: Vermont

    Middlebury. 05753. Swarm in a ten frame swarm box, hung under the eaves of the same hunting blind. The third one so far this year. July 5th.
  8. Re: Window Swarm Trap is a Must w movie and picture

    "This video is private."
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    Re: Vermont

    Middlebury. 05753. Swarm in a stack of 3 nuc boxes ratchet strapped together. About 3:30 pm.
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    Does LGO Repel other Insects?

    I've been swarm trapping for a number of years now, and have never had much trouble with other insects in the boxes, even after they've been out for months in the summer. On several occasions, I've...
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    Re: Vermont

    June 26

    Basswood in Burlington.
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    Re: 2 weeks, huh?

    It's plausible. That comb doesn't look very old, and if the swarm was big, its amazing how much they can build and put away. The two weeks might not be so far off.

    Adam
  13. Re: Baiting a swarm trap - your methods.

    Interesting. Why wouldn't you just eliminate the plastic foundation, and just put some of the comb in an empty frame? I have one trap where I have some in a frame and a chunk flat, as you describe,...
  14. Re: Baiting a swarm trap - your methods.

    3 out of 4 swarms this year came to traps with a single 7/8" circular entrance. The 4th has a circular 1 1/4" hole.
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    Re: Vermont

    June 21

    Sumac, Milkweed and clover
  16. Re: Getting Swarm in the box on these warm days???

    I bring a spray bottle of cold water, and I go after dark, when they're all back from the field. I set the spray to as fine a mist as I can, and I begin to mist the beard with the water. I don't soak...
  17. Re: Baiting a swarm trap - your methods.

    Nice. The wood-on-top thing is interesting. Stuff sounds crazy, but then again how much do we really know about how the bee sees the world, and what makes her decide what she decides?

    ...that's...
  18. Re: Baiting a swarm trap - your methods.

    My father and I have caught 7 swarms so far this season. I have caught at least one each year for several years now. I usually have 5 to 8 swarm boxes out, and I probably get an average of about 30%...
  19. Re: Baiting a swarm trap - your methods.

    I find the LGO or Synthetic nasonov is really useful for helping bees to actually locate the trap. After that, it's dimensions, location, sun comb, etc. But having that strong smell to get scout bees...
  20. Baiting a swarm trap - your methods.

    I'm interested in your approach to baiting a swarm box.


    Lemongrass oil or synthetic nasonov? How much? How often? In the box? On the entrance?
    Comb? One or two? Or a box full?

    I'm trying...
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    Re: Vermont

    Middlebury, Vermont
    05753

    Swarm in a ten frame swarm box, hung under the eaves of the same hunting blind. June 16th.

    Adam
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    Re: Early Fathers Day

    Read them both. Good to have.
  23. Swarm leaving when there are no queen cells?

    Interesting thing happened to a beekeeper friend I spoke with this morning.

    He's selling nucs, and prides himself on making them strong. Four separate times so far this year, people have come to...
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    Re: Clear honey?

    I've seen it near clear before here as well. Isn't Black Locust, also known as acacia?

    Adam
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    Colony Scent? - Your Thoughts

    In reading Brother Adam's books, it's clear that he questioned the concept of 'colony odor', and the idea that an individual colony of bees had a distinct chemical 'fingerprint'. He also questioned...
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