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    Re: Queen questions???

    Gotta agree with Rader. Last week I drove from Virginia to Wilmington then back north through Winterville and saw a pretty decent flow along all routes. I'm not positive, and too lazy to look it...
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    Will she get mated?

    Last night, a buddy of mine from the bee club called asking if I still needed a queen for a queenless hive. He had watched two queens emerge, one while we were on the phone. I ran over to his house...
  3. Thread: Empty boxes :(

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    Re: Empty boxes :(

    I removed two more boxes today from my two hives. The stack in my shop is growing and the stacks in my backyard are shrinking. Come on flow!!!
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    "I write ( wired ) on top with a sharpie if it has it. If I pick up a frame that's not marked I handle it accordingly."

    "You can look at all you need to look at keeping the frame vertical."

    The...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    Do any of you wire the frames before putting them in. I put in two empty frames last year with no wire and it took about nine months before I could turn those frames over during inspections without...
  6. Thread: Russian queen

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    Re: Russian queen

    Russia doesn't have a queen!!! LOL!! Sorry Couldnt resist.
  7. Re: How can I eradicate honey bees from the recesses of a banyan tree trunk?

    "perhaps education would be better than extermination"

    Second that.
  8. Re: How can I eradicate honey bees from the recesses of a banyan tree trunk?

    "If you don't believe in that then don't keep bees."

    How are honey bees invasive? They aren't. Are they native? No. If you don't know what a word means Ace, then look it up before you blabber. I...
  9. Re: How can I eradicate honey bees from the recesses of a banyan tree trunk?

    Banyan trees are extremely invasive and banned throughout much of south Florida. Cut it down, then cut the bees out and give them to someone that appreciates bees. That way your doing the environment...
  10. Thread: wind break

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    Re: wind break

    We have a ligustrum hedge that works well as a wind break. I believe it's also called privet. I keep ours pruned to 8' high. If you allow it to bloom I've heard that the bees love it. I've always...
  11. Thread: Hydrangeas

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    Re: Hydrangeas

    Ok cool. The latest This Old House magazine showcases them and we have several spots that they would look good in, so it got me wondering. I'd appreciate that extra info. Thanks.
  12. Thread: Hydrangeas

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    Hydrangeas

    Curious if honey bees use hydrangeas for anything.
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    Re: Sealed queen cell but no eggs??

    I'm in Newport News, just down the road from Ft Eustis.
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    Re: Sealed queen cell but no eggs??

    No pic. Should have
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    Re: Sealed queen cell but no eggs??

    "They stolled an egg from a nearby hive."

    That thought did jokingly run through my mind. I'm really hoping someone might be able to explain it. My wife was asking if there could have been eggs at...
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    Re: Sealed queen cell but no eggs??

    Good point about the drones. I was thinking of that in the fall but it completely slipped my mind today. There's about sixteen other hives in my neighborhood so hopefully they have drones out by the...
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    Sealed queen cell but no eggs??

    I performed this seasons first thorough hive inspection on our two backyard hives today. The first hive looked pretty good with all stages of brood and a booming population and what seems to be...
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    Re: What do mad bees smell like?

    Most of the time when I smell it they just sort of rumble up to the top of the open box, a few puffs of smoke and usually they retreat back down. Every now and then they're pissy enough that the...
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    Re: Queen Flew away while attempting a split

    "use a clipped queen in a hive...Either buy one that way or DIY."

    I'm curious about the DIY method for clipping the queen. I don't think I want to do it, but if I decide to some day.... And I am...
  20. Thread: Texas bee laws

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    Re: Texas bee laws

    "For a state so dead set on "freedom" Texas sure has a lot of restrictions on bees. Sounds annoying."

    Second that.
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    Re: What do mad bees smell like?

    I've read that the alarm pheromone can smell different from one person to the next, it's a matter of how your brain processes it or something. To me it has a gross medicinal smell, my wife says she...
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    Re: Flower Identification Questions

    Not sure of the identification, after looking up the Persian Speedwell and Creeping Charlie I would lean towards the Persian Speedwell. We have the stuff everywhere. It's pretty much what keeps our...
  23. Thread: Washing Gloves

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    Re: Washing Gloves

    A lot of folks are saying use olive oil, I assume using my wife's beloved lemon infused olive oil would create an interesting experience. 😉
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    Re: First check on bees all cold winter

    "I just have to reply and I know I'm silly for living here, but your cold winter is funny! Hasn't been above zero here for two days and the lows have been -15 to -20 now that's having a bad winter."...
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    Re: Are Magnolia trees benficial for bees?

    My neighbors magnolia literally buzzes when in bloom. I'm not sure if it's just pollen that they're collecting but they certainly are getting something. But I agree with UT's statement, very very...
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