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    I will be in a city Jan. 15th through the 19th...

    I will be in a city Jan. 15th through the 19th called Camarillo, CA (NW outside of LA by 40 miles or so); are there any Almond orchards in the Camarillo area?

    As I understand it, Camarillo is...
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    ... it is also the state insect of Mississippi...

    ... it is also the state insect of Mississippi too.
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    I second the comments about a package not being...

    I second the comments about a package not being able to make it in a long hive due to the amount of space. I don't know what I was thinking this past Spring when I started packages in 1) a very...
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    Yee Haa!

    Yee Haa!
  5. I have some hive deeps made from old, recycled...

    I have some hive deeps made from old, recycled pine boards (used to be shelving) which were primed and painted on all sufaces. I cut them into hives bodies, assembled them and put the bees in them...
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    I don't mind rubbing it in . . . it was 76...

    I don't mind rubbing it in . . . it was 76 degrees here today (What is a long sleeve shirt anyway?)!

    We can't even spell coat down here either much less get to wear them because we have about 2...
  7. I live in Hattiesburg, MS which is approximately...

    I live in Hattiesburg, MS which is approximately 1 hour north of Waveland. I could easily drive down . . . you would likely come through Atlanta, then Birmingham, then Meridian and then finally...
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    Well I'll be . . . that's not good news. I knew...

    Well I'll be . . . that's not good news. I knew that could pupate anywhere (especially in the hive), but I really thought that the winter got the eggs and larvae outside the cluster.

    I guess my...
  9. It seems to me that the bees always built the...

    It seems to me that the bees always built the length of the comb along the longest space within the hive area. That is, if they built in a sub-floor, then the comb would run parallel to the floor...
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    I too ordered 4 queens from this supplier in late...

    I too ordered 4 queens from this supplier in late July and the took two weeks to arrive; 3 were dead and crispy (along with their attendants) and the 4th queen was alive for about 30 minutes before...
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    I, out of ignorance, requeened a laying worker...

    I, out of ignorance, requeened a laying worker hive by placing a swarm cell in the hive which hatched, mated and turned into a great queen . . . the hive is doing well. That was back in July,...
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    Herbert Tubbs in Mize, MS is one of 7 (6 or 7, I...

    Herbert Tubbs in Mize, MS is one of 7 (6 or 7, I believe) licensed queen breeders in the U. S. that sell the pure russian stock as selected by the USDA Bee Labs in Baton Rouge, LA.

    That's what I...
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    Cows can and do get too close and knock over...

    Cows can and do get too close and knock over hives as they are curious and clumsy. Single beehives or NUCS can and do get tipped over, but four hives on a pallet seem to be okay (strenth in numbers,...
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    Honeylocust, If you saw the queen and she...

    Honeylocust,

    If you saw the queen and she looked normal size (that is bigger than the worker bees) then she is mated or her abdomen wouldn't have extended to make her full size.

    The only way a...
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    The SHB larvae can very easily pupate in the hive...

    The SHB larvae can very easily pupate in the hive while never leaving to burrow in the ground. They can/will make cocoons (they look more like tunnels) in the hive to pupate.

    The control methods...
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    I thought the sucking of a lovely arrangement of...

    I thought the sucking of a lovely arrangement of wildflowers was pretty hilarious also.
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    Lack of Drones can definitely be a problem. ...

    Lack of Drones can definitely be a problem. Parke County Queen, if you feel there aren't enough drones in your apiary, then you are probably right (is it too late in the season to make a mistake?)....
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    Fellow Beeks, I have made quite a few...

    Fellow Beeks,

    I have made quite a few observations regading SHB:

    1. Don't use Rite-Cell Plastic Frames unless you have the time and inclination to completely fill in the gaps on the sides of...
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    Does it take going over or under a certain...

    Does it take going over or under a certain temperature (for a certain timeframe) for Goldenrod to bloom in the fall?

    I have noticed goldenrod blooming on the side of the highways and major...
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    By the way, anyone who might be jealous about our...

    By the way, anyone who might be jealous about our warm season that seems to never end . . . you probably also don't have the small hive beetles to deal with that we have down here.
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    George, I actually have considered making up...

    George,

    I actually have considered making up some additional NUCs this month, but am not going to do it. The only reason that I am not going to start some NUCs is that I just don't have any more...
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    FYI - Michael's queens are great. The NUCs that...

    FYI - Michael's queens are great. The NUCs that I started with his feral queens 6 or 7 weeks ago could be split again right now based on how quickly they have built up.

    Don't buy any though ;) ...
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    Rob S, Michael - I think our shutdown is a...

    Rob S,

    Michael - I think our shutdown is a month or 6 weeks behind NE (ya'll actually have snow and cold weather in winter, right?).

    Record cold snaps down here means low 30s for a couple of...
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    My climate and rainfall probably has been fairly...

    My climate and rainfall probably has been fairly close to Currie, NC this year. We had an early Spring (mild Winter) and the bees, consequently, got an early start to what looked like a boomer year...
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    Gentlemen, Thank you for the posts on Devil's...

    Gentlemen,

    Thank you for the posts on Devil's Walking Sticks. I have been seeing these all along the Interstate between my house and my apiary (25 miles away, unfortunately) and didn't have a...
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